The Belong Network Library

Research and resources on social cohesion theory and best practice.

The Belong Network Library

Research and resources on social cohesion theory and best practice.

Welcome to the Belong Network Library

The Belong Library is free to access and brings together a wide range of online resources produced by the public, private and civil society sectors to build the evidence base around social cohesion.

It is regularly updated and includes:

  • measurement and evaluation frameworks,
  • ‘what works’ guides,
  • relevant research,
  • best practice sharing
  • training materials for small and large charities and other volunteer-involving sports and community organisations.

Please contact us if you are unable to find what you need – we’d be delighted to help.

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Redefining our political process and culture: the introduction of PR is the place to start May 2024

Author: Ted Cantle

A look at the need for political reform to build cohesion and the role that proportional representation can play.

Belonging in Britain: A Manifesto for Social Cohesion May 2024

Author: Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network

Belonging In Britain: A Manifesto for Social Cohesion calls upon the next Government to work on a set of practical recommendations to improve social cohesion in the UK.

Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network: Impact Report 2023 – 2024 May 2024

Read Belong’s first Impact Report. It shows how we are making a difference by working with our members and partners to promote cohesion and integration.

Structural racism explained April 2024

Author: Othering & Belonging Institute

What is Structural racism? A video explaining the differences between interpersonal racism, institutional racism, systemic and structural racism from the Othering and Belonging Institute UC Berkeley.

The Power of Connection Academic Launch Paper Presentations April 2024

Author: Dominic Abrams, Zoe Horsham and Ben Davies, Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent

Literature Review – Linking Volunteering and Social Cohesion: Causal Evidence in the UK and Beyond April 2024

Author: Produced with Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network by Professor Dominic Abrams, Dr Ben Davies, and Ms Zoe Horsham, University of Kent.

Literature review documents focussed on Linking Volunteering and Social Cohesion.

Leading in Challenging Times: Support for those responding to the impact of the conflict in Israel and Gaza on local communities in the UK January 2024

Author: Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network, Together for Humanity

This short guidance document has been produced by the Belong Network and Together for Humanity. It is a response to widespread requests for support and guidance from local government bodies and related services who have found some elements of the current situation in Israel and Gaza a challenge to respond to.

Community Pulse October 2023 December 2023

Author: Sported

Sported work with partners and government so they can build cohesion and change within communities, in order to lower barriers and increase opportunity. Their Pulse research provides insight into the challenges these local groups face and the impact they make.

The Power of Participation: Our strategy 2024-28 December 2023

Author: The Young Foundation

The Young Foundation has launched a new five-year strategy at a time of great challenge and division, says their CEO, Helen Goulden – and they recommend that everyone in the UK should experience the power of participation to affect meaningful change.

One Team: How sport can build more connected communities webinar September 2023

This webinar took place on Thursday 21 September 2023 and brought together over 150 participants from sports and physical activity organisations across the country.