Work Package 3.4
Start date: April 2016
End date: March 2018
This project builds on previous research undertaken by the team. It will utilise a mixed methods approach, combining secondary analysis of existing datasets, development of case studies, documentary analysis and a series of interviews to investigate the impact of Faith-Based welfare provision on social cohesion.
The project will proceed using a mixed methods design starting with a secondary analysis of existing data sets to identify sources of social cohesion data. Primarily it will use the British Crime Survey and data from faith-groups and local government on levels of voluntarism and involvement of FBOs in welfare delivery to help create a map of cohesion levels across Wales.
The qualitative component will involve a three-site case study using different locations in Wales to explore the role of FBOs in service delivery. Locations will be drawn from the above analysis on the basis of cohesion levels. The case studies will combine semi-structured interview surveys with documentary analysis and secondary analysis of published data and reports.
Documentary analysis will proceed by reviewing national policy documents and initiatives, local policy documents for the three chosen locations and the local media. This will concentrate on the expectations of FBOs as service providers and connections between these expectations and perceived outcomes.
The semi-structured interview survey(s) (15 interviews per site, a total of 45 semi-structured interviews altogether) will recruit respondents purposively including: policy-makers, FBO service providers, user groups and communities. This will develop the material gained from the documentary analysis by adding in the perceptions of the relevant actors about any potential or perceived gaps between expectations and outcomes.
The non-participant observations will be used to cross check the conclusions drawn from the other data sources.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.