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Conclusion: towards a theory of change for social cohesion

Ines Newman and Peter Ratcliffe

in Promoting social cohesion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.003.0014
Conclusion: towards a theory of change for social cohesion

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This chapter aims to pull together the chapters of this book into a theory of change (ToC) that can provide a new basis for the evaluation of social cohesion. It also highlights the problems with implementing this new approach as a result of the financial crisis and change of government. The chapter then provides an optimistic note and identifies the levers that might help sustain a broader approach despite the difficulties. A brief preliminary assessment of the general policy terrain likely to be occupied by the new coalition government is presented. Stakeholders who are the subjects of evaluation have to be able to hold those with power to account. The Equality Act 2010 was a key achievement of the last government. Progress can be made on the new equalities duties at the local level, but it will depend on local leadership and local champions.

Keywords: theory of change; social cohesion; Equality Act 2010; financial crisis; coalition government

Chapter.  5770 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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