Making Dialogue Effective 1: Effectiveness in Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue: Can it be Defined? How do we Measure it?

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Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University Windmill Hill, DURHAM, DH1 3LJ

Dr Omer Sener

Research Fellow, Dialogue Society London Branch

Dr Susan Frenk

Principal & Acting Senior Tutor at St Aidan's College

Part of a series of six discussions exploring how to make intercultural dialogue (a term which is intended to imply all shades of dialogue, including interfaith dialogue) more effective, this panel discussion will draw on the experience of a selection of people working in the areas of dialogue and social cohesion.

It will consider: what aims agencies and groups concerned with dialogue have; what “effectiveness” means in view of these aims and whether, and how, the effectiveness of dialogue can be measured or monitored.

Questions to be considered:

  • What is the point of intercultural/ interfaith dialogue?
  • Does it work?
  • What exactly are people involved in dialogue trying to achieve?
  • Given their/our aims, what does it mean for dialogue to be “effective”?
  • Can we, and should we, measure or monitor the effectiveness of dialogue?
  • If so, how?