Social Enterprise in ScotlandCensus 2015 CSDP Charity and Third Sector Data Event 27 January 2016
About The Census • A decade of investment • In search of better evidence • A collaborative approach • A baseline to build on
Multiple interests • To better understand the ‘sector’ • To validate assumptions • To make the case (or justify) investment • To refine established priorities • To make smart choices (invest, support) Big Lottery Fund, Community Enterprise in Scotland, Co-operative Development Scotland, Firstport, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Glasgow Caledonian University, Nesta, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum, Senscot, Social Enterprise Academy, Social Enterprise Scotland, Social Enterprise UK, Social Firms Scotland, and Social Investment Scotland.
The Focus: Social Enterprise • There is a recognisable marketplace • Trade primarily for a social or environmental purpose • No share capital (asset locked) – profits reinvested, assets reallocated on closure • They aspire to financial independence through trading (no clear bar set). • They operate outside of the direct influence or control of public bodies.
Methods • Online survey • Telephone boost • Analyse • Purge non-SEs • Circa 1,100 • Define parameters • Access data • First filter • Cross-match • Screen and verify • Purge non-SEs • Circa 30,000 6,000 • Access accounts • Strip out data • Analyse • Purge non-SEs • Circa 4,000 • Combine data • Economic analysis • Grossing up
Challenges • Availability and cost of data • Availability, cost, accessibility • Managing scale and complexity • Diverse interests, dataset size, common-sizing, scheduling, time • Exercising professional judgement • Definitional grey areas, deciding to include, interpreting financials • Securing participation • Local /gatekeeper involvement, a representative response • Sharing the results • Data ownership/control, ethical concerns in open access
Using the data • Managing the resource • Sharing the evidence • Shaping policy priorities • Interrogating topics and themes • Tracking change over time