Community Cohesion and Good Relations
Promoting Good Relations is a priority for the Housing Executive and we aim to build community confidence, increase awareness of, and respect for diversity, increase dialogues within and between communities and ensure that all our work is relevant and meets real needs.
We carry out and commission research to help inform our work on community cohesion and good relations.
The availability of a new Northern Ireland Census Grid Square product in 2007 meant that it was possible, for the first time, to analyse residential segregation – and its changes through time – in individual housing estates. The Housing Executive therefore commissioned researchers from Queen’s University (which developed the Grid Square tool) to analyse patterns of segregation based primarily on the 2001 Census.
The research team produced two reports, one for estates in Belfast and one for those estates outside Belfast that were of sufficient size to allow analysis. The more recent, 2011-based research again used the grid square tool to identify trends and general patterns based on changes between the 2001 Census and the 2011 Census, with findings presented separately for Belfast and estates outside Belfast.
Shared Communities Research
We carried out a number of surveys as part of our Shared Communities Programme, which aims to develop shared areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion, race or nationality in a neighbourhood that is safe and welcoming to all, and threatening to no-one. Central to the programme for each area selected was a survey conducted by our Research Unit.
Whilst surveys were developed in consultation with each community, all aimed to:
- measure residents’ satisfaction with local services and facilities;
- identify activities or services that could be provided at a local community level;
- assess attitudes to community relations and community safety in the area; and
- identify areas of work needed in order to develop and implement a good relations plan.
Reports on all the surveys carried out are available from the list below:
Loughview Estate - A Shared Future (Published August 2013)
This report examines the transfer of former Ministry of Defence (MoD) housing to civilian use through a case study of the Loughview Estate, in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry.