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Policy Development

A key challenge facing all contemporary societies is how best to approach (in terms of policy and practice) diversity and perceived differences of culture, ethnicity and faith. This is currently represented in the UK as a crisis of ‘multiculturalism’. Collectively, CRED members have an enormous range of experience and expertise to bring to bear on these questions. Many indeed have a significant track record in policy development and consultancy. For example, the Director is regarded as both a national and international expert in these areas, and has recently completed a major report for the UK government detailing key policy issues and possible ways forward[1]. This approach is translated into the wider European arena via our work with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and taken onto the broader international stage through the International Sociological Association.

As intimated in our mission statement, we feel have a major role to play in engaging directly with the national policy agenda (and indeed a duty to do so). This will include responding to major consultation exercises. A prominent example here is CRED’s submission to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion

An important strand of the Centre’s work in the UK is therefore consultancy and developmental work with:

 

  • Central government departments
  • Local Authorities
  • A range of public authorities
  • NGOs and voluntary/community sector

     

Some of this will also take the form of ‘action research’ that is more interventionist by nature: in other words, working with end users to promote change. It may also involve an element of training, so as to ensure that policy is translated more effectively into practice on the ground.



[1] Managing for Diversity: a case study of four local authorities. London: DCLG, July 2006.