ACTION 5 – Measure the impact of social cohesion on security in public spaces

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    Leïla Morais
    21 July 2020 - updated 1 week ago
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Social cohesion measures should be part of an integrated urban security policy. Aspects of inclusion, social capital, social mobility, citizen participation, empowerment, etc. can help to create safer environments where citizens feel safe. How can urban authorities create more social cohesion and how can they, by doing so, have an impact on urban security? There is no common framework to translate this need into concrete local security policies but also there are no standard tools to measure the impact of measures aimed at promoting social cohesion. By consequence, the results and the social impact of social cohesion initiatives and inclusion efforts or non-problem-oriented approaches are extremely difficult to show, replicate and enforce.


The aim of this action is to provide local policy makers and security managers with a method that enables them to measure the impact of local social cohesion interventions on urban security and feelings of insecurity within the local community. In particular, it has two main objectives:

  • Create a common method for local security managers to measure the impact of existing local social cohesion actions on (the feelings of) insecurity in order to make visible to local decision makers what already is “good value for money;”
  • Provide a new method that local security managers can implement to find new solutions for complex social or insecurity issues on which the existing projects do not seem to have an impact.


The first main output of this Action will be the creation of a method that allows local authorities to measure the impact of social cohesion measures on security.

To achieve this, two main steps will be undertaken:

  • Mapping the existing policies regarding the reduction of feelings of insecurity at local level in 3 to 5 EU cities using as a basis the Integrated urban security policy pyramid model used in the Interreg Orpheus Project;
  • Assess the impact of these policies on security in 3 to 5 cities and analyse the data collected. At least 1 initiative per city should be examined.

The second main output will be a new or adapted method specially to support existing policies which don’t seem to have an impact on security and security perception. In that respect the Partnership will explore the applicability in EU cities of the Collective Impact Model, perform a SWOT analysis and draw some lessons from it.


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