Finding a way to measure social impact: The institutional work of individuals within housing organisations
We are inviting researchers from across the University and from the housing sector in the West Midlands to our first open seminar on 5 March 2013, Room 429, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham.
The main speaker will be Vanessa Wilkes who will draw on her PhD research to discuss 'Finding a way to measure social impact: The Institutional Work of Individuals within housing organisations'.
Research by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has indicated that many Housing Organisations (HOs) continue to invest heavily in additional services and facilities for their communities (£747 million in 2010/11, NHF, 2012). Further to this, research has shown that HOs are adopting social impact measurement tools and methodologies to demonstrate their accountability (Wilkes and Mullins, 2011).
Although studies into the subject of social impact measurement have grown, they remain primarily located within the grey literature, written mainly by practitioners, with a strong practical focus. There has been little academic research of the integration of social impact measurement tools and methodologies into the organisation.
Vanessa Wilkes: This paper is drawn from my PhD research which looks at how organisational fields at a macro level , and the institutional logics which they contain (Friedland and Alford, 1991, Scott, 2008) influence the work which is undertaken by individuals at a micro level. Drawing on primary data from six case studies, my research seeks to present a broader perspective and provide additional insights into the challenges faced by housing associations as they seek to identify and adopt appropriate tools and methodologies from what is becoming an increasingly crowded and confusing environment. The paper introduces the concept of Institutional Work which focuses on ‘creating, maintaining and disrupting institutions’ (Lawrence and Suddaby, 2006) to place my research within a theoretical and sector specific context. My research examines the Institutional Work of individual actors tasked with implementing an impact measurement methodology or tool into their organisation."
To book for this event
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Rebecca Berridge, firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2013.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership: Releasing the potential
David Mullins and Tricia Jones will also talk briefly with Andrew van Doorn from HACT about the Knowledge Transfer Partnership which seeks to 'release the community investment potential of housing organisations'.