Institute for Social Innovation and Impact

  • University Drive, Waterside Campus

    NN1 5PH Northampton

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Introduction                                        

The Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) at the University of Northampton evaluates and measures the social impact of social innovations in the UK and around the world, as well as exploring the financing of, and policy support for, social innovation. The ISII defines social impact as ‘the economic, social and environmental benefits delivered by an organisation to society’ and the Institute views social innovation as any new structure or process that enhances a society’s resources and cohesion. Crucially, the ISII is fully self-sustaining and sources its income entirely from external contracts/grants, with no core University funding provided. In this way it operates in the same manner as a socially innovative, entrepreneurial organisation!

What does the ISII do?

  • Supports social innovators to develop their ideas and organisations through the delivery of cutting-edge academic research and consultancy services.
  • Collaborates on multi-disciplinary research projects through internal partnerships with the University’s other research institutes and centres, as well through external partnerships with other universities and organisations.
  • Evaluates the social impact of a range of initiatives and organisations, through the use of their bespoke ‘Social Impact Matrix©’ and qualitative research methods.
  • Supports the University in developing, implementing and evaluating socially innovative, high impact projects.

What are the ISII’s areas of interest?

The Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) has research interests in several areas, including at national, European and international levels:

  • Social Innovation
  • Social Impact
  • Social Investment
  • Educational Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Public Service Reform
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Who are some of the ISII’s key partners?

ISII works/has worked with a range of external partners locally, nationally and internationally, including:

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Economics University Hanoi
  • Northamptonshire Community Foundation
  • Vietnam National University Hanoi
  • European Commission
  • HM Treasury
  • Big Issue Invest
  • British Council

For further information please contact the Institute’s team at ISII@northampton.ac.uk

 

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    Projects

    An evaluation of the Social Impact of the YMCA Under One Roof Project

    Hazenberg, R.

    1/03/201/09/22

    Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

    BBO WRAP (2019-2022)

    Paterson-Young, C.

    1/07/1930/07/22

    Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

    Goodwill Social Impact

    Paterson-Young, C.

    1/07/1930/07/22

    Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

    Research Output

    Building Better Opportunities: Working Progress (WP) Interim Report for Phase One

    Giroletti, T. & Paterson-Young, C., 29 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

    Building Better Opportunities: Working Progress – Phase 2 Year 1 Report

    Giroletti, T. & Paterson-Young, C., 31 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) 48 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

    Building Better Opportunities: Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP) Final Evaluation (Phase Two Year 1)

    Hazenberg, R. & Paterson-Young, C., 1 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) 31 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

  • Building Better Opportunities: Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP) Interim Report for Phase Two (Y1 Q4)

    Paterson-Young, C. & Hazenberg, R., 1 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) 21 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

  • Activities

    CCF Headteachers' Conference 2020

    Meanu Bajwa-Patel (Invited speaker)

    27 Feb 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    File

    Data mapping to help monitor and target the delivery of activities

    Michael Maher (Speaker)

    29 Jan 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarTeaching

    The Value of the Cadet Forces in Wales

    Simon Denny (Speaker) & Richard Hazenberg (Speaker)

    11 Mar 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    Universities for Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship

    Richard Hazenberg (Speaker)

    12 Mar 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWebinarResearch

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    Internal PhD Examiner

    Claire Paterson-Young (Examiner)

    28 May 2020

    Activity: ExaminationsExaminationResearch

    Impacts

    Bringing SEND Research -- 'Nowhere Fits' and 'Tiger Mothers' -- to Educational Practitioners

    Manpreet Bajwa-Patel (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: Social impacts, 04: Quality Education (UN SDG), 10: Reduced Inequalities (UN SDG)

    Co-Design of Government Outcomes Lab

    Richard Hazenberg (Principal Investigator) & Simon Denny (Co-Investigator)

    Impact: Public policy impacts, Social impacts, Economic impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG), 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (UN SDG)

    File

    Contributing quantitative consumer analysis to a market research report on hide and leather exports in the United States

    Richard Hazenberg (Principal Investigator) & Marc Gummer (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: Economic impacts, Environmental impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG), 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG)

    Contributing to UK Government Policy regarding Health and Social Care

    Richard Hazenberg (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: 03: Good Health and Well-Being (UN SDG), 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), Public policy impacts, Quality of life impacts, Health and Well-Being impacts, Economic impacts

    Evaluation and Support of the Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing Programme

    Richard Hazenberg (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: Public policy impacts, Economic impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG), 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (UN SDG)

    Student theses

    Conceptualising Social Value: Perspectives of the Public, Private and Third Sectors in the UK

    Author: Jain, P., 2018

    Supervisor: Seddon, F. A. (External person) (Supervisor) & Hazenberg, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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    Examining the experiences and decision-making processes of underrepresented students at a post-1992 University

    Author: Hall, F., Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Hazenberg, R. (Supervisor), Bajwa-Patel, M. (Supervisor) & Denny, S. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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    Exploring the role of empathy in social enterprise

    Author: Kopec-Massey, A., 2017

    Supervisor: Hazenberg, R. (Supervisor) & Seddon, F. A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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    Measuring autonomy through a subjective evaluation

    Author: Giroletti, T., 13 Apr 2017

    Supervisor: Chiappero-Martinetti, E. (External person) (Supervisor) & Fabrizi, E. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Press / Media

    MPCT UON Social Impact Study

    Claire Paterson-Young & Simon Denny

    6/07/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media

    NEW RESEARCH FINDS CADET FORCES BENEFICIAL TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN

    Meanu Bajwa-Patel

    23/04/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media

    The Future of Social Solidarity

    Ecem Karlidag-Dennis

    16/04/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media

    Prizes

  • Social Enterprise Journal Highly Commended Paper

    Frederick A Seddon (Recipient), Hazenberg, Richard (Recipient) & Simon Denny (Recipient), 30 Nov 2015

    Prize

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