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Social Development

Hart group social development services are generally provided to governmental organisations at national or sub-national levels. Regional governments increasingly tend to be responsible for the delivery of a range of social interventions and require advice on targeting.

Hart Group Services include:

  • Social surveys
  • Targeting social assistance
  • Monitoring social and economic policy implementation
  • Analysis of social capital
  • Developing statistical capability
  • Rationalisation and redesign of organisational structures and financial arrangements to support social services
  • Setting up practical programmes to address these issues and provide local support
  • Qualitative studies
  • Focus groups
  • Online surveys
The emphasis on social monitoring derives from the group philosophy that social policy should be evidence-based. The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals have put down a marker against which governments now need to demonstrate measurable progress.

Typically, governments seek assistance in understanding the effectiveness of a policy or programme. The group can deliver a comprehensive service for analysing the impact of a policy, the extent to which it meets its design objectives and the areas in which policy refinements are desirable.

Hart personnel have a strong track record of social policy development, social statistics, institutional strengthening and related training. Their specialist knowledge and experience in evidence-based social policy development links the collection and analysis of social data to its application in policy development and the construction of indicators to monitor the effectiveness of policy implementation. Hart Group has been pleased to have been part of the World Bank project to support the redevelopment of Romanian mining communities. This is part of a wider set of initiatives on Sustainable Community Development.

We have assembled a set of useful links to internet-based resources in the field of social and community development. The materials referenced here do not constitute ‘hart group policy’ but may be useful in broadening a policy debate as part of a contribution to developing local solutions to local issues. Click below for details.

Social Development Portal - click here

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