Faith, hope and clarity: Developing and testing a model of faith group involvement in civil renewal
Increased faith group involvement has emerged as part of a broader government strategy to mobilise the resources of civil society in pursuit of citizen well-being and better governance. In the context of a limited and fragmented evidence base, this research seeks to uncover the rationale and issues surrounding faith group involvement in civil renewal. The main aims of the research are to develop and test a model of faith group engagement in civil renewal and to identify the scope and limitations of their involvement, along with practical strategies for its support and evaluation.
Lowndes, V and Smith, G., (2006), Faith Based Voluntary Action, Swindon: ESRC. Report available here
Lowndes, L. and Chapman, R., (2005), Faith, Hope and Clarity: Developing a model of Faith Group involvement in Civil Renewal. Summary report available here. Full report available here.
Lowndes, L. and Chapman, R., (2005) 'Faith, hope and clarity: Developing a model of faith group involvement in civil renewal', Paper presented at the International Sociological Association RC21 Conference, Cities as Social Fabric: Fragmentation and Integration, Paris, June 2005
Lowndes, V. and Chapman, R. (forthcoming), Faith, hope and clarity: Developing a model of faith group involvement in civil renewal, in Tessa Brannan, Peter John, and Gerry Stoker eds., Re-energising Citizenship: Strategies for Civil Renewal, Basingstoke: Palgrave