Institute for Social Innovation and Impact

Organization profile

Organisation profile


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


Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Institute for Social Innovation and Impact is active. These topic labels come from the works of this organisation's members. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


    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: 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

  • Prizes

  • Social Enterprise Journal Highly Commended Paper

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




    Data mapping to help monitor and target the delivery of activities

    Michael Maher (Speaker)

    29 Jan 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarTeaching

    Talkin' Impact Episode 8

    Richard Hazenberg (Speaker)

    25 Mar 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsPodcastResearch

    12th International Social Innovation Research Conference

    Jieun Ryu (Chair), , Richard Hazenberg (Chair), & Mark Anderson (Chair)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch


    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)


    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)

    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


    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