Developing methods for evidencing social enterprise as a public health intervention

Dates: January 2014 - December 2018
Funder: Medical Research Council
Project PI: Cam Donaldson
Yunus Centre Staff: Cam Donaldson, Rachel Baker

Project website: www.commonhealth.uk 


Aims and Objectives

The main objectives of this five-year research programme are to:

  1. Develop and test the first comprehensive framework of outcomes and instruments for evaluating social-enterprise-based innovation from a health and well-being perspective; and
  2. in doing this, create a new scientific interface characterising ‘social enterprise as a health and well-being intervention’, including the world’s first centre ofexcellence in the field, fostering multi-disciplinary collaborative research with the social enterprise sector.

Although not primary objectives, the work will also lead to:

  • A substantial contribution to (even the beginning of) an evidence base for social enterprise as a health and well-being intervention, through initial applications of the framework in qualitative studies and subsequent applications in comparative controlled evaluations;
  • Development of multi-disciplinary social science research capacity in an important area of health creation, created through research opportunities on conceptual projects, case-studies and initial evaluations; and
  • the first Knowledge Exchange Forum, supporting development of the health and social enterprise interface, through dissemination and fostering of new research opportunities.