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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Together, We Can Achieve Unity Webinar February 2022

This webinar took place on Friday 25 February 2022 to discuss the ‘Together, we can achieve unity’ paper which focuses on tackling hate crime and was produced by Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network.

Power of Sport Digital Toolkit Launch Webinar December 2021

This webinar took place on Tuesday 7 December to coincide with the launch of the Power of Sport Digital Toolkit. The toolkit was designed to assist those creating, delivering, commissioning, and evaluating sports programmes aimed at improving integration and cohesion.

Beyond Us and Them Webinars November 2021

The latest webinars from the Beyond Us and Them project.

Beyond Us and Them: Societal Cohesion in Britain Through Eighteen Months of COVID-19 November 2021

Author: Dominic Abrams, Jo Broadwood, Fanny Lalot, Kaya Davies Hayon, Andrew Dixon, Publisher: Nuffield Foundation, University of Kent, The Belong Network

This major report details findings undertaken by Belong in partnership with the University of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Group Processes and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is one of the largest studies so far into the impact of the pandemic on British society.

Just Being Human: The Anne Frank Trust Impact Report 2020-2021 November 2021

Author: Katie Goodbun, University of Kent, The Anne Frank Trust UK

Just Being Human: The Impact of the Anne Frank Trust’s Anti-prejudice Education during the Covid Pandemic 2020 – 21 (Plus longer term impact since 2019).

Public Perceptions of UK and Local Government Communication about COVID-19 August 2021

Author: Dominic Abrams and Fanny Lalot, University of Kent, Jo Broadwood, Kaya Davies Hayon, Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network

As the government lifts the last of the restrictions on movement and social mixing, this report shares the ‘Beyond Us and Them’ project’s most recent findings, exploring public perceptions of communications about COVID-19 from the UK government and from local government.

Public Perceptions of UK and Local Government Communication about COVID-19 Appendix: Results for the Devolved Nations of Scotland and Wales August 2021

Author: Dominic Abrams, Fanny Lalot, University of Kent Jo Broadwood, Kaya Davies Hayon, Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network

This research examined whether respondents from across the UK found government communication about COVID-19 honest and credible, empathic, clear, accessible, and whether it met the needs of their community.

Together, We Can Achieve Unity July 2021

Author: Naomi Tyrrell, Jo Broadwood and Kaya Davies Hayon

This paper explores the shared learning and best practice examples from eight organisations that delivered projects focused on increasing social cohesion during the pandemic.

Restoring Social Confidence: Lessons from faith-led social action during the COVID-19 pandemic July 2021

Author: Near Neighbours, Common Vision

This report based on Near Neighbours work with faith groups and community organisations during the lockdown captures the sadly familiar stories of grief, hunger, isolation, exclusion and domestic violence, but also shines a light on the distinctive contribution of faith-based social action during this time.

Community, Connection and Cohesion During Covid-19: Beyond Us and Them Report May 2021

Author: Dominic Abrams and Fanny Lalot, University of Kent, Jo Broadwood, Kaya Davies Hayon, Belong - The Cohesion and Integration Network

Community, Connection and Cohesion During Covid-19: Beyond Us and Them Report is the latest report in our Beyond Us and Them project looking at the effects of Covid-19 on social cohesion.