Evaluation and social impact measurement amongst small to medium social enterprises : process, purpose and value

Barraket, Jo & Yousefpour, Nina (2013) Evaluation and social impact measurement amongst small to medium social enterprises : process, purpose and value. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 72(4), pp. 447-458.

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In recent years, the imperative to communicate organisational impacts to a variety of stakeholders has gained increasing importance within all sectors. Despite growing external demands for evaluation and social impact measurement, there has been limited critically informed analysis about the presumed importance of these activities to organisational success and the practical challenges faced by organisations in undertaking such assessment. In this paper, we present the findings from an action research study of five Australian small to medium social enterprises’ practices and use of evaluation and social impact analysis. Our findings have implications for social enterprise operators, policy makers and social investors regarding when, why and at what level these activities contribute to organisational performance and the fulfilment of mission.

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ID Code: 69450
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The Wiley publisher's website shows printed version of this article as December 2013 Website states article first published online on 20th January 2014.
Keywords: social enterprise, impact measurement, evaluation
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12042
ISSN: 1467-8500
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2014 00:42
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 00:57

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