Social cohesion is implicit in government’s key goals including: Government can, and does, influence social cohesion in a number of ways, including human rights legislation, investment in social development and shaping immigration policy.
From a New Zealand government perspective, there is a need for greater understanding and monitoring of the impact of settlement policy on outcomes for migrants and their families, and the wider community.
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See grant details for Neighborhoods and Crime: Collective Efficacy and Social Cohesion in Miami-Dade County, Justice & Security Strategies, Inc., NIJ grant 2009-IJ-CX-0039.
Regardless of the conceptual debates, measuring either or both of these facets of cohesion and inclusion from a government perspective is complex.
The changing demographic structure and economic needs of many of these societies have underlined the importance of immigrant selection and settlement.
Prior research on collective efficacy used 10 items from residential surveys conducted in Chicago neighborhoods.
In this project, JSS researchers expanded the number of measures by adding 19 items and looked at three domains: willingness to intervene, social cohesion and capacity for social control.
See also a summary from the NIJ-hosted Neighborhoods & Crime Research Working Group Meeting (pdf, 12 pages).
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Massey University Robin Peace School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Massey University Andrew Butcher School of Social and Cultural Studies Massey University Damian O’Neill Ministry of Social Development Social cohesion as a social policy goal has recently appeared in policy statements in relation to outcomes associated with immigrant settlement.