Policy Impact

Policy impact. Leading the conversation.

Our public affairs and policy team inspire policymakers, the public and the media to champion and support social integration. We use our research expertise and develop evidence and ideas to shine a light on the challenges caused by divided communities and share the positive outcomes from our programmes.

We work with polling firms, leading academics and think tanks to produce a range of policy and research reports, briefings and resources which you can view by scrolling down.

If you’d like to work with us on policy and research contact jamiesha.majevadia@the-challenge.org

Our priorities

  • We work closely with MPs, ministers and civil servants to promote social mixing, by presenting evidence, making policy recommendations and inviting them to see our programmes in action.
  • We provide the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, a cross-party group of MPs interested in social integration chaired by Chuka Umunna MP.
  • We produce original research exploring the divides between different groups and how social integration programmes can bridge them.

Our growing influence

  • The Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, published in 2018, highlights and endorses The Challenges ‘Design Principles for Meaningful Mixing’ set out in our All Together Now report.
  • The APPG’s Integration Not Demonisation report was also cited as a key influence on the Integrated Communities Strategy.
  • The Greater London Authority’s All of Us social integration strategy of March 2018 reflects our mission, analysis and organisational approach.
  • We are continuing to work with the Government, the Mayor of London and local authorities, including the Government’s five Integration Areas, to help develop policies and programmes that promote social integration.

Visit our APPG on Social Integration page and download our reports below to see how we’re driving the conversation on building stronger, more connected communities.

All Together Now (2018)

What are the key ingredients of social integration? This report explores our nine Design Principles for Meaningful Mixing – the steps at the heart of creating positive and powerful social mixing experiences.

Find out more here

all together now

Rebuilding our Common Life (2017)

Ahead of the 2017 General Election, this short report recommended ways that policymakers can create more opportunities and incentives for people of all backgrounds to meet, mix and connect.

Find out more here

rebuilding our common life

Understanding School Segregation in England (2011 to 2016)

How many of England’s 20,000 state schools are segregated along ethnic and socio-economic lines?

Find out more here

Understanding School Segregation

British Integration Survey (2016)

Who do British people socialise with? We asked 4,000 people and found growing segregation up and down the country.

Find out more here

British Integration Survey (2016)

A Sense of Belonging (2016)

How should we improve social integration in the UK? Hear from a range of opinion leaders including Dame Louise Casey, Chuka Umunna and Lord O’Shaughnessy.

Find out more here

A Sense of Belonging

Integration City (2016)

London’s increasing diversity is one of the things its residents value most about living there. However, research shows that people from different backgrounds don’t mix very much in the city. This report puts forward solutions for building a more integrated London.

Find out more here

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Social Integration Commission (2014 to 2015)

The Challenge provided the secretariat to the Social Integration Commission, which was chaired by RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor, and produced three reports setting out practical steps for government, businesses and civil society to create a more integrated society.

Find out more about the three reports here

Social integration commission