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"A people without knowledge of their history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

Marcus Garvey

political activist

What We Do

Led by our Black Thrive Research Institute we are focusing on Black-led research and research from a Black -lens. We work increase the visibility and amplify the voices of Black Lambeth communities in the collection and development of research. In doing this we hope to increase the understanding of how structural factors shape outcomes. Through strategic partnerships, we create quality research and evidence to influence policy and practice in the borough.

One example of how we are doing this is by our Shared Measurement System, which takes key areas of interest for data and research and filters them through a Black lens.

Shared Measurement
System (SMS)

A set of indicators that shine a light on some of the key issues in Lambeth.

We have known for a long time that throughout life and on most issues Black people have worse outcomes than White people. If we are going to realise our vision so that thriving becomes the norm for Black people in Lambeth, we need to have a good understanding of where we are now and how far we have to go.

All the organisations and community representatives that make up the Black Thrive Partnership have come up with a set of indicators that shine a light on what some of the key issues are. We call this our shared measurement system (SMS).

We want to place the voices, hopes and aspirations of Black communities at the centre of how we understand these issues and how we tackle them and so we welcome feedback from the people affected. This is a journey for us and only with help from communities can we reach the right destination.

Here are some of our findings from our exploration of the data available:


Black 16-64 year olds were 17.18% less likely than White 16-64 year olds to be in employment.


Black children were 9.15% less likely than White children to reach a Good Level of Development at age 5.


Black pupils were just as likely as White pupils to achieve at least Level 4 in GCSE Maths and English.


Black children were 341% (i.e. 4.41 times) more likely than White children to be looked after the local authority.


Black individuals were 559% (i.e. 6.59 times) more likely than White individuals to be stopped and searched by Police.


Black households were 676% (i.e. 7.76 times) more likely than White households to be statutorily homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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If you have a response to our SMS or would like to have more information, get in touch.