| As foreseen by the Revised Strategy of Social Cohesion,
the methodological work carried out by the Council of Europe resulted in
the creation of social cohesion indicators, which can be put into practice on a
basis in order to provide both the Council of Europe and its member
states with practical means of measuring the progress of social
These indicators were first collected in a Methodological Guide
to the Concerted
Development of Social Cohesion Indicators, to assess
co-responsibility work at local, regional, national and European level.
This Guide defines social
cohesion strategic concepts and approaches and it provides with a real
method to develop questions and indicators which enable the creation of
a framework for action. The
enclosed Cd-Rom covers the different sheets of questions
and indicators suggested for each level of assessment of social cohesion
and each policy, linking them to three additional types of information.
The Methodological Guide is currently implemented
in the French city of Mulhouse (Alsace Region), which
process at local level. This innovative implementation has enabled us
not only to test the approach and ascertain its feasibility, but also to
specify and clarify the methods of consultation and construction of
This exercise opened up the consultation between the different operators
- public authorities, NGO, citizens and persons and families victim of
exclusion and poverty - and pinpointed a joint vision of well-being
criteria which are usually overlooked in conventional approaches.
phase accordingly consists in analysing how local operators can together
respond to this demand. The city of Mulhouse is therefore naturally
moving towards a concept of local responsibility for social cohesion,
that is to say a territory in which all the players, not least citizens
themselves, co-operate and are committed to meeting expectations
regarding well-being and social cohesion.
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