Impact report for the November 2017 conference 'A Generation without Hate'
In the year following the EU referendum, there was a 23% rise in reports of hate crime to the police in the UK. It is recognised that adolescents and young adults are the most common perpetrators of hate incidents (McDevitt et al 2010). Therefore, schools are key institutions for influencing perspectives and behaviours since they provide a point of connection at this crucial developmental stage.
In November 2017, Cumberland Lodge convened a conference 'A Generation without Hate'. The conference brought together a wide range of people working in, or with, the education sector to discuss, and stimulate new thinking on, educational interventions to tackle the spread of hateful attitudes and behaviours among young people.
Background to the conference
This project was governed by a number of guiding assumptions including but not exclusive to:
Education having a central role to play in guarding against prejudiced attitudes, intolerance and hate
A need for cross-sector commitment in order to understand and combat the complex nature of prejudice
Recognising how limited current evidence is with regards to best practice
This report visually demonstrates the impact that the conference had on the participants. Cumberland Lodge measures its impact by online surveys that are distributed to conference delegates both prior to and after the conference or project takes place. In more general terms, the purpose of measuring our impact is to assess our own work in order to make sure that we continue to strive to meet our own objectives and Cumberland Lodge's overarching aim, which is 'To build more peaceful, open and inclusive societies'.
The targeted measuring of impact is important for individual projects as it allows Cumberland Lodge to identify areas that may need further discussion and work. The results of both surveys help to inform the approach that will be taken in follow up events.
Impact Snapshots and Responses
On average 94% of participants indicated they were familiar or very familiar with all of the educational approaches (31 percentage point increase compared to pre survey).
95% of participants agreed that 'during the conference new cross-boundary networks were created, with communication and learning between different types of organisations (eg schools, advocacy groups, charities etc)'.
86% either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: ‘overall as a result of the conference, do you feel you have a wider understanding of educational approaches to tackling prejudice and discrimination.’
‘Those of us at the 'chalk-face' rarely have the chance to meet those who influence and direct the work we do. This whole agenda is so key to bringing our young people up to be effective citizens. The diversity of the group is a real strength and should speak volumes to Westminster about the strength of feeling and commitment.’
- Participant’s response