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


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social effects Social Sciences
social integration Social Sciences
employability Social Sciences
child custody Social Sciences
self-efficacy Social Sciences
interview Social Sciences
public service Social Sciences
special educational needs Social Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2019

Building Better Opportunities: Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP) - Final Report

Paterson-Young, C. & Hazenberg, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) University of Northampton. 57 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch


Military Preparation College (MPC) – Research Update

Paterson-Young, C. & Denny, S., May 2019, (Accepted/In press) 18 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch

occupational qualification
social effects
evaluation research
research project



Social Enterprise Journal Highly Commended Paper

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



Activities 2011 2019

Talkin' Impact Episode 6

Richard Hazenberg (Speaker), Meg Neilan (Invited speaker)
7 Jan 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsPodcastInnovation/Business/Enterprise

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (External organisation)

Claire Paterson-Young (Chair)

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of networkResearch

Northamptonshire Hidden Needs Report (Update)

Claire Paterson-Young (Invited speaker)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch


Co-Design of Government Outcomes Lab

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

Impact: Public policy impacts, Social 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

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