Neighbourhood Consultation Research

The final report Neighbourhood Partnership: Towards a model for King’s Cross, was presented to a broad range of local stakeholders (including local authority departments, the PCT, community and voluntary sector, local business). It outlined the findings and conclusions of research that had examined the existing local community and partnership infrastructure within the King’s Cross Neighbourhood Renewal Area of the London Borough of Camden. Additionally it identified how existing and new organisations and partnerships might respond to the challenges facing the area.

Working with associate Tom Blackie I had deployed a broad range of methods and secured 650 individual contributions to the research. The overwhelming majority of those contributions were from local people, and methods comprised:

• a community outreach survey (undertaken by local people trained by us)

• a questionnaire targeting local community groups and voluntary organisations

• interviews with key stakeholders

• community conference and range of workshops

• attendance at related forums and partnerships; and

• seven targeted community based consultation events

The research was guided by a steering group of key local stakeholders. A large amount of quantitative and qualitative data was gathered and analysed. Five key findings informed conclusions and 13 recommendations, which were grouped in relation to The Case for Partnership, Partnership Structure and Next Steps.

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