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Explore a variety of the very best social enterprise research from a range of industry sectors covering impact, procurement and analysis.

A Baseline Study of Australia’s Community Recycling Enterprises

This report presents the findings on a baseline study of Australia’s community recycling enterprises (CREs). The study sought to document the activities and impacts of these enterprises and to understand the conditions under which they succeed.

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Assessing the Economic and Social Impacts of Social Enterprise

By Trevor Hart and Graham Haughton. This report by the University of Hull reviews the main options for developing ways to measure the economic and social impact of social enterprises. The report argues for two studies – one on ‘impacts’ and another on the ‘value added’.

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Employment Services Beyond 2015 The Role of Social Enterprise

This submission has been prepared by a group of organisations and individuals whose work has involved developing, supporting, researching and evaluating social enterprises that create employment and provide opportunities for people who are unemployed or particularly disadvantaged in the labour market.

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Financing Civil Society: A Practitioner's View of the UK Social Investment Market

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From Where I Was to Where I Am

Seven people talk about working in a social enterprise. The stories within this publication are a powerful reminder of the ways social enterprises can transform the lives of individuals.

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Health, Wellbeing and Community Enterprise: The Role of Local Government

This research report details the research methodology and findings of a research project led by Jo Barraket which aimed to (1) examine the relationship between health and economic participation through the case of community enterprise; and (2) develop a set of practical resources to assist local governments to facilitate the development of sustainable community enterprise in Victoria.

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Investing in Capability: New approaches to social enterprise support

Evaluates how participation in Social Traders two capability building initiatives, Building Social Enterprise Trading Turnover (BSETT) and National Social Enterprise Development Support Project (NSEDS) enabled growth and improved sustainability for the social enterprises involved.

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Investing in People: ILMs as Pathways to Employment

Getting the long-term jobless into mainstream employment is a major challenge for Australian governments, especially in areas of concentrated disadvantage. The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s approach, also used effectively overseas, is to use an Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) as a bridge between long-term unemployment and the mainstream labour market.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation's The Intermediate Labour Market - A Tool for Tackling Long-term Unemployment

A study by Bob Marshall and Richard Macfarlane assessing the role of ILMs as part of national and local employment strategies in Britain, specifically looking at the rationale for the ILM approach, identifing what makes a successful ILM work and why, examining the outputs and value of ILMs relative to other labour market initiatives, and providing a framework for policy making.

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More for Your Money: A guide to procuring from Social Enterprises

Produced by the Social Enterprise Coalition and the New Economics Foundation.

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National Profiles of Work Integration Social Enterprises: United Kingdom - The ELEXIES Project

This project by Roger SPEAR, is specifically concerned with the different types of social enterprise for integration, also known as work integration social enterprise (WISE) in 12 EU countries. Its aim is to identify and describe their main characteristics as social enterprises, the type of work integration they provide, their numbers, and how they have developed and are supported.

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The Limits of Social Enterprise: A Field Study & Case Analysis

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Why Measuring and Communicating Social Value Can Help Social Enterprise Become More Competitive

By Jeremy Nicholls. Commissioned by the UK’s Office of the Third Sector, this ‘think piece’ discusses the importance of measuring and conveying social impacts of social enterprise.

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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia fellowship report

This report, by 2008 Churchill Fellow Joanne McNeil, outlines the role of government in supporting and promoting the growth of social enterprise, and the associated practice of social impact assessment, with specific recommendations for public sector involvement in Australia.

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Worker Cooperative Toolbox - In Good Company: A Guide to Cooperative Employee Ownership

Published by Northcountry Cooperative Foundation in partnership with Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, this guide was created to assist potential co-op members and their partners in choosing, planning, organizing, and supporting new and existing employee-owned cooperatives.

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Yackandandah Community Development Company Case Study

Yackandandah Community Development Company (YCDCo) is a community enterprise developed using a „Community Buy-Out‟ model. The enterprise is wholly owned by the local community, with residents of Yackandandah making up its shareholder base.

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CERES Fair Food Case Study

CERES Fair Food is a fresh fruit and vegetable delivery business serving households across Melbourne. Fair Food’s fresh produce is locally sourced, seasonal and organic.

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Community Enterprise Workbook

The Community Enterprise Resource Kit has been developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (the Brotherhood) and the Victorian State Government to help individuals, groups and community organisations understand and establish community enterprises.

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Sustainable Social Enterprise: What Does it Mean?

Ingrid Burkett of Foresters Community Finance reflects on sustainability in the context of social enterprise.

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The Role of Government in Supporting Social Enterprise

By Cheryl Kernot, The Centre for Social Enterprise

There is now a growing body of evidence for governments to legitimately champion social enterprise as a way of achieving the social policy goals of a fairer, more just society through its focus on meeting unmet social needs, addressing environmental challenges, encouraging ethical markets and raising the bar for corporate responsibility.

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