Social connectedness

Enhanced social connectivity between residents, other system players and organisations within neighbourhoods led to positive impacts on resilience

From increased social connectivity in neighbourhoods to enhanced system resilience

Social connectedness

The NRP had a noticeable impact on the nature and extent of social connectivity in the neighbourhood systems. The diagram highlights the pathways from components of the NRP to enhanced connectivity between different system players to positive impacts on resilience identified in the evaluation.

This enhanced connectivity was reported consistently across system players. It helped to break down long established barriers to new more inclusive forms of collective action for change co-created by residents, staff of local agencies and Community Research and Engagement Network (COREN) staff.

Staff from public, third sector and private sector organisations also reported new connections within and across their organisations increasing information flows and opening up new opportunities for collaboration. Systems theory suggests that these connections could, if sustained, contribute to ‘transformative change’ in the longer term.