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Approaches to measuring the scale of the social enterprise sector in the UK
With growing interest in social enterprise in the UK, evidence on the scale of their activity is required to show their contribution to the economy. The figure of 62,000 social enterprises has been regularly based on a minimum three year rolling average of the Annual Small Business Survey between 20...
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Author : Lyon, Fergus and Teasdale, Simon and Baldock, Rob
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Social Enterprise, scale; survey, definition, UK
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Below the radar in a Big Society? Reflections on community engagement, empowerment and social action in a changing policy context
‘The Big Society’ has become a key element of the Coalition’s Government policy platform, not only on the delivery of public services by the formal and funded voluntary sector but also in terms of communities, more informal third sector activities and individual citizens. Whilst the term itself is r...
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Author : McCabe, Angus
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Big Society, empowerment, community engagement, social action, community groups, below the radar.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Black boxes in the wreckage? Making sense of failure in a third sector social enterprise
This paper examines the experiences of a single social enterprise that grew rapidly but ended in failure. Over more than 8 years, the author conducted intensive field research during the social enterprise’s life and held detailed post-mortems with key players after its death. This material is part o...
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Author : Scott, Duncan W
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Social Enterprise; longitudinal research; failure; case study; organisational learning.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Business or third sector? What are the dimensions and implications of researching and conceptualising the overlap between business and third sector?
This paper is designed to ‘problematise’ the business/third sector boundary in order to inform future research into third sector theorising or policy development. It sets out some of the reasons behind the development of the concepts of the ‘third sector’ and ‘social enterprise’ in the UK, and brief...
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Author : Westall, Andrea
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Social enterprise, social entrepreneur, non-profit sector, plural economy, charity, commercial enterprise, hybrids
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Can social enterprise address social exclusion? Evidence from an inner city community
This paper examines the potential impact of social enterprise on exclusion. The case study research involved participant observation over a two year period. Selection of cases was based on a preliminary typology for social enterprise. Exclusion was conceptualised as multi-dimensional and relative to...
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Author : Teasdale, Simon
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Social enterprise; social exclusion; inner city
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Constituting the third sector: processes of decontestation and contention under the UK Labour governments in England
Discussion about, and analysis of, the question of definition and the third sector and civil society more generally has developed to a significant degree in recent years. This paper can be located in a new phase of conceptual research, which seeks to attend to the historical, cultural and politicall...
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Author : Alcock, Peter and Kendall, Jeremy
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Third Sector, Labour government, definition, ideology, policy, England
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Devolution or divergence? Third Sector policy across the UK since 2000
Since the end of the last century the United Kingdom has been a less united country than it was. In 1999 a separate Scottish Executive (from 2007 the Scottish Government) and Welsh Assembly Government were established, followed later by a new Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, based on a power...
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Author : Alcock, Peter
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Third sector, devolution, policy, voluntary and community sector, UK
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Economic analysis and the third sector: Overview of economic analysis in relation to the third sector
This paper takes both a practical and critical view of economic analysis in relation to the third sector. It argues that there is no one kind of economic analysis but that a certain form of such thinking, and associated techniques, has become dominant in thinking and practice. That mainstream approa...
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Author : Westall, Andrea
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Third sector, economics, measurement, economic models, market failure
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Exploring below the radar: issues of theme and focus
This paper explores different dimensions of below the radar (BTR) activity and some of the key variables that need to be considered. It seeks to define what we mean by ‘below the radar’ activity and identify different radars that might form the focus of research. It is clear from discussion aroun...
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Author : McCabe, Angus and Phillimore, Jenny
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Community organisations, groups and activities; below/under the radar, governance, influence and funding
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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First impressions: introducing the 'Real Times' third sector case studies
‘Real Times’ is the Third Sector Research Centre’s qualitative longitudinal study of third sector organisations, groups and activities. Over a three year period the study is following the fortunes, strategies, challenges and performance of a diverse set of fifteen ‘core’ case studies of third sector...
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Author : Macmillan, Rob and Arvidson, Malin and Edwards, Sobrina and Soteri-Proctor, Andri and Taylor, Rebecca and Teasdale, Simon
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Real Times; qualitative; longitudinal; case studies; third sector organisations.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Housing associations
Housing associations (HAs) could be regarded as the ‘distant uncle’ of the third sector in England. Their experience of 40 years of capacity building, struggles around combining public service delivery while preserving some independence and shifting from charity to social entrepreneurial models has ...
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Author : Mullins, David
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Housing associations, credit crisis, hybridity, mergers & alliances, neighbourhoods, voluntarism.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Innovation in the homelessness field: how does social enterprise respond to the needs of homeless people?
There is much current policy and practitioner enthusiasm for using social enterprise to tackle the problems of the homeless population, particularly those in the most acute housing need such as rough sleepers, hostel users and those in other forms of temporary accommodation. This paper brings togeth...
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Author : Teasdale, Simon
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.
Keywords : Social enterprise; homelessness
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Little big societies: micro-mapping of organisations operating below the radar
This paper reports on research to develop and implement an innovative methodology to find and map what lies beneath the third sector radar. By using and adapting tools used in the 1990s for the well-recognised work of LOVAS (Local Voluntary Activity Surveys) we sought to identify all community activ...
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Author : Soteri-Proctor, Andri
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Below-radar groups, street-level mapping, mapping.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Opportunity and influence: the third sector and the 2010 general election
This paper explores how the different voices and interests of the third sector, political parties and media have shaped and reflected the policy agenda over the course of the 2010 general election campaign and into the early post-election period. Using research methods which combined documentary ana...
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Author : Parry, Jane and Alcock, Peter and Kendall, Jeremy
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Third sector, general election, manifestos, campaigning, Coalition Government, Big Society, purdah, media, consensus, ideology, rebranding.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Partnership and mainstreaming: voluntary action under New Labour
The focus of this paper is on the changing policy environment for voluntary action under the new Labour governments at the turn of the twenty-first century. This was a period of rapid policy change with a rise in the profile of voluntary action to rival, if not outstrip, that at any point in the pre...
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Author : Alcock, Peter
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Third Sector, Voluntary Sector, Labour Government, Partnership, Mainstreaming
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Personalisation: what will the impacts be for carers?
Much has been written about personalisation and the potential that this agenda holds for change within welfare services. Although carers have been identified as an important group in translating personalisation into practice we know very little about how the third sector might support carers in orde...
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Author : Larkin, Mary and Dickinson, Helen
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Personalisation; carers; impact; evidence.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Seeing things differently? The promise of qualitative longitudinal research on the third sector
There has been a rapidly growing interest in longitudinal research methods and dynamic analysis in recent decades. A longitudinal research gaze offers the promise of seeing things differently, and of understanding the dynamic processes involved in social change, of what happens next and why. This pa...
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Author : Macmillan, Rob
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Qualitative longitudinal research; third sector; time; relational account; strategic action
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Self-help housing – towards a greater role. Case study findings summary to inform consultation at St George’s House, Windsor Castle, December 2010
Self-help housing ‘involves groups of local people bringing back into use empty properties that are in limbo, awaiting decisions about their future use, or their redevelopment. It differs from self-build housing which involves constructing permanent homes from scratch’. It responds to the bigger pic...
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Author : Mullins, David and Jones, Patricia A and Teasdale, Simon
Date : 2011
Source : Other. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : self-help housing
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Self-help housing: could it play a greater role?
Self-help housing ‘involves local people bringing back into use empty properties for their use, organising whatever repairs are necessary to make them habitable’ (http://self-help-housing.org/). This is usually based on a time-limited licence or lease, but sometimes on a permanent basis, and there a...
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Author : Mullins, David
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Self-help housing, empty properties, construction training, social enterprise, volunteers, communities, third sector organisations (TSOs)
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Social enterprise spin-outs from the English health service: a Right to Request but was anyone listening?
The ‘Right to Request’ initiative was introduced by the Labour Government in 2008 as a process through which NHS clinicians and managers working in England could seek to develop a social enterprise to deliver Community Health Services. Building on the experiences of the Social Enterprise Pathfinder ...
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Author : Miller, Robin and Millar, Ross
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Social Enterprise, Right to Request, West Midlands, NHS, England.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The ambitions and challenges of SROI (social return on investment)
With the growing interest in measuring the social impact of third sector activities, there have been a range of approaches developed. One of these, social return on investment (SROI) has received particular attention and is being promoted by third sector organisations, as well as public and private ...
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Author : Arvidon, Malin and Lyon, Fergus and McKay, Stephen and Moro, Domenico
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Third sector, SROI (social return on investment), cost-benefit analysis, social impact, created value.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The black minority ethnic third sector: a resource paper
Contributing towards building a foundation of knowledge on the black minority ethnic (BME) third sector, this paper offers an introductory resource on research in this field. The paper begins with discussion on the (contested) concept of a BME third sector (BME TS) and the existing narrative of dist...
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Author : Mayblin, Lucy and Soteri-Proctor, Andri
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Black minority ethnic, third sector, distinctiveness
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The contradictory faces of social enterprise: impression management as (social) entrepreneurial behaviour
This paper demonstrates that social enterprises can exhibit multiple faces to different stakeholders in order to access resources. The research involved a longitudinal case study of a group of Kurdish refugees and asylum seekers producing a theatrical play based upon their collective experiences. Pa...
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Author : Teasdale, Simon
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.
Keywords : social enterprise; social entrepreneur; impression management; organisational impression management; participant observation
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The marketisation of charities in England and Wales
Much has been written about the reasons for and impact of marketisation on charities, their clients, and wider civil society. A central component of the marketisation thesis is that charities are substituting grants and donations with commercial revenue. However there is no consensus in the existing...
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Author : McKay, Stephen and Moro, Domenico and Teasdale, Simon and Clifford, David
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Charities, marketisation, nonprofit, crowding out, substitution effect.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The personalisation agenda: implications for the third sector
Personalisation has been identified as being ‘a cornerstone of the modernisation of public services’ (Department of Health, 2008: p. 4) and much interest in this concept has arisen recently. However, there is a high degree of confusion over what personalisation is and the types of changes that will ...
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Author : Dickinson, Helen and Glasby, Jon
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Personalisation, health and social care, personal budgets, individual budgets
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The role of grassroots arts activities in communities: a scoping study
Over 2009-2010, the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) undertook work to identify the current state of knowledge on small, below the radar, community groups and activities. This highlighted the lack of research into the contribution of grass-roots or amateur arts organisations make in communities....
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Author : Ramsden, Hilary and Milling, Jane and Phillimore, Jenny and McCabe, Angus and Fyfe, Hamish and Simpson, Robin
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Amateur arts, communities, social and economic impact, grassroots organisations and activities.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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The third sector delivering public services: an evidence review
This paper examines research evidence, argument and policy development on the third sector and public service delivery over the last five to ten years. Forty-eight separate pieces of research published between 2004 and 2010 on the themes of public service delivery, commissioning and procurement are ...
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Author : Macmillan, Rob
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Public services, contracting, commissioning, procurement.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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UK Gypsies and Travellers and the third sector
This paper explores the development of the UK Gypsy and Traveller third sector and details factors which have impeded development. This includes a lack of resources and skills but also illustrates how in recent years important progress has been made in community development. The paper concludes that...
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Author : Ryder, Andrew
Date : 2011
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Gypsies; Travellers; Roma; third sector; community groups; ethnogenesis.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Understanding the distinctiveness of small scale, third sector activity: the role of local knowledge and networks in shaping below the radar actions
‘Below the radar’ has become a short-hand term for small community groups who are either not registered with the Charity Commission or other regulatory bodies and or are registered but lack a regular, substantial annual income. Much of the existing research into the Third Sector has focused on forma...
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Author : Phillimore, Jenny and McCabe, Angus and Soteri-Proctor, Andri and Taylor, Rebecca
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Below the radar, community, community sector, community groups and activities, sustainability and accountability.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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Value and the third sector. Working paper on ideas for future research
This paper provides a broad sweep across the ideas and practices around ‘value’, and how these relate to third sector organisations and activities. It argues that the current focus on outcome-based ‘social value’ by academics and policy-makers is limited and only part of how third sector organisatio...
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Author : Westall, Andrea
Date : 2009
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords : Value added, Social Return on Investment (SROI), social value, environmental value, blended value
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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What’s in a name? The construction of social enterprise
Much attention has been paid globally to the concept of social enterprise. However, beyond the notion of trading for a social purpose, there is little consensus as to what a social enterprise is or does. Existing academic literature provides a bewildering array of definitions and explanations for th...
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Author : Teasdale, Simon
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.
Keywords : Big Society; definition; discourse; New Labour; social enterprise; third way.
Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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‘Below the radar’ activities and organisations in the third sector: a summary review of the literature
The term ‘below, or under, the radar’ has become a short-hand term often applied to describe small voluntary organisations, community groups and more informal or semi-formal activities in the third sector. This paper presents the findings of a literature review which explores understandings of th...
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Author : McCabe, Angus and Phillimore, Jenny and Mayblin, Lucy
Date : 2010
Source : Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Keywords :
‘Below the radar’, community organisations and activities, Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Refugee and Migrant Organisations, rural community action, faith communities, arts and cultural identity, A...
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Collection : TSRC Working Paper Series
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