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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Supporting Migrant Communities: A resource for practitioners November 2022

Author: The University of Sheffield (Julie Walsh & Maria Teresa Ferazzoli), Goodwin Development Trust Ltd. (Lloyd Dobbs), Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (Gail Teasdale), The University of Hull (Catriona Jones), Chilypep (Laura Abott & Aidan Mascarenhas-Keyes), with contributions from Elizabeth Veeren, Gary Blake, Shupi Chiwanza, and Nchimunya Ng’andu

This site contains resources that aim to support the work of practitioners working with migrant communities in the UK. Four practice issues are considered: Communication Barriers Avoiding Cultural Assumptions Working with People from Different Cultural and National Backgrounds Complexities of the Immigration System and Entitlement

Cultivating Contact: A Guide to Building Bridges and Meaningful Connections Between Groups September 2022

Author: Linda R. Tropp, PhD and Trisha A. Dehrone, MS

Published in partnership with the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, this guide harnesses the lessons drawn from decades of research on how to foster a sense of trust and belonging between people from different backgrounds through community-based programs and initiatives.

August 2022 Independent Evaluations of the Integration Area Programme August 2022

Author: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

This was a programme that funded 5 Integration Areas to deliver place-based integration interventions. The areas chosen for the pilot programme were: Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Peterborough, Walsall and Waltham Forest. DLUHC (then MHCLG) commissioned IFF Research to carry out an independent evaluation of the implementation of three 3 intervention types: Schools Linking, Community Conversations, and Community Ambassadors.

The Everyday Integration Toolkit July 2022

Author: University of Bristol

The Toolkit aims to set out the Everyday Integration approach and its key principles but, more importantly, it aims to provide a generalised method, a conceptual framework and set of tools which other places can relatively easily pick up – in whole or in part – to apply an Everyday Integration lens to their own town or city.

A Bradford for Everyone: Programme Evaluation Report July 2022

Author: Dr Kaya Davies Hayon and Dr Jeni Vine from Belong - the Cohesion and Integration Network in co-production with the Stronger Communities Team at Bradford Council

This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation of the delivery and impact of the Bradford for Everyone programme, a pilot funded as part of a central government scheme. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) awarded funding to five pilot integration areas: Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Peterborough, Walsall and Waltham Forest.

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Discrimination, Prejudice and Cohesion – Intergroup relations among Black, Muslim and White People in Britain in the Context of COVID-19 and Beyond July 2022

Author: Dominic Abrams, Jo Broadwood, Fanny Lalot, Kaya Davies Hayon, Hilal Ozkeçeci, Andrew Dixon

This report analyses social cohesion in Britain from May 2020 to July 2021, focusing on unity, division, and attitudes among different societal groups, with a special emphasis on the experiences of Black, Muslim, and White respondents, to inform future research and policy.

NCVO Guidance on Impact and Evaluation June 2022

Author: NCVO, Publisher: NCVO

The NCVO has put together some helpful guidance and tips on carrying out evaluation. Easy to use and straightforward advice on things like conducting interviews and focus groups and creating effective questionnaires. This is an external website and includes links to further resources and training.

Everybody’s Business online launch webinar March 2022

This webinar took place on Tuesday 22 March 2022, to coincide with the launch of ‘Everybody’s Business: the role that business can play in supporting cohesive communities’.

Everybody’s Business: the role that business can play in supporting cohesive communities March 2022

Author: Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network, Intercultural Cities Unit, Council of Europe

This report, written by Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network with input from the Intercultural Cities Unit and Network, sets out a series of recommendations about the role that business can play in supporting cohesive communities.

Building the foundations for social connections in Yorkshire and Humber March 2022

Author: IPPR/Migration Yorkshire, Publisher: IPPR/Migration Yorkshire

A toolkit to support councils, service providers, voluntary and community groups to support community and belonging. It encourages the reader to think about how they can contribute to creating villages, towns and cities that are welcoming and which invite everyone – no matter their immigration status – into the fold.