Evaluating Micro-Enterprises in Adult Social Care

Evaluating Micro-Enterprises in Adult Social Care

Does Smaller mean Better? Evaluating Micro-Enterprises in Adult Social Care

This ESRC-funded project tested the relationship between size and performance in organisations providing adult social care to see if micro-enterprises outperform larger care providers in delivering services to users that are valued; innovative; personalised and cost-effective. 

Project findings are of relevance to local authorities, service users and other organisations as they commission care services, and to social entrepreneurs as they develop provision. They also deepen social scientific knowledge of the relationship between organisational size and performance in welfare services, of relevance to academics working in fields such as social policy and public management.

Full project report: Micro-enterprises: small enough to care?

Summary report of the micro-enterprise evaluation findings 

Presentation of the micro-enterprise evaluation findings



Research team

Catherine Needham, Kelly Hall, Kerry Allen, Jon Glasby, Steve McKay, Rosemary Littlechild and Denise Tanner

Research partners

Social Care Institute for Excellence
Community Catalysts

Further information

For more details on this research project, please contact Catherine Needham, c.needham.1@bham.ac.uk.

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