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School of Applied Social Sciences

Research Projects

Publication details

Orton, A. (2009). What Works in Enabling Cross-Community Interactions? Perspectives on Good Policy and Practice. London, National Community Forum / Department for Communities and Local Government.

Author(s) from Durham


This report for the National Community Forum briefly reviews the evidence for the current state of community interaction within England, together with theoretical approaches such as 'contact theory' which can inform activities that bring individuals and groups together. Building on this basis, the report then draws on the extensive expertise of 28 practitioners from across the country selected because of their diverse grassroots experience of bringing different individuals and groups together.


School of Applied Social Sciences