Developing methods for evidencing social enterprise as a public health intervention
Project website: www.commonhealth.uk
Aims and Objectives
The main objectives of this five-year research programme are to:
- 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
- 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.