Publications

Working Definition, Working Examples – Best Practice Briefing 7 (May 2017)

This briefing addresses two themes explored at SERIF’s spring events – a networking dinner hosted by Newcastle University Business School in April and a conference staged in Swindon in May.

Both events considered the potential contribution of social enterprise and mutuals to reducing reoffending and to the delivery of the prison reform agenda. Emerging from the first was a desire for a practical working definition of social enterprise, especially within the context of the prison and probation service.

The conference event featured presentations from three established and one emerging social enterprise. Extracts from these presentations are set alongside the working definition as working examples of what social enterprise, and in particular social enterprise values, mean in practice.

Social Enterprise & Rehabilitation – Briefing Paper 6  (November 2016)

Social Enterprise & Rehabilitation – Conference Report – Manchester

In November 2016 46 delegates participated in a conference hosted by SERIF in Manchester. Its aim was to consider the contribution that social enterprise can make to reducing reoffending and ways of improving the evidence of its impact. This Briefing summarises the issues raised and some of the conversation which ensued.

The presentation made by Rachel O’Brien presages the Justice Secretary’s most recent announcement about prison reform and a statutory duty of rehabilitation (23rd February  2017).

The issues raised with respect to the Inspection Regime have formed the basis of SERIF’s recent response to HM Inspectorate of Prisons consultation about new expectations for adult male prisons.

SERIF Briefing Paper – No 5 (November 2015)

The Social Value Added of Social Enterprise Activity within Public Sector Prisons in the North East of England
This briefing paper is a digest of the findings of an action research project funded by the ESRC Impact Accelerator Co-Production Fund. The research was carried out by Philip Angier on behalf the Social Enterprise Research and Innovation Foundation (SERIF) and was supervised by Dr Jane Gibbon of Newcastle University Business School.

The research method comprised a high level review of published literature, a conference event at Durham University, interviews with prison staff at HMP Kirklevington Grange and a pilot social audit study at HMP Kirklevington Grange. Action Research Report 2015

Best Practice Briefing – No 4 (April 2013)

Developing Success Criteria for Social Enterprises in Prisons – a Scorecard Approach
NOMS North East Prisons commissioned SERIF to advise on the development of success criteria and scorecard framework to inform the selection and development of social enterprise projects. This best practice briefing introduces the scorecard approach developed and tested with staff in the North East Prisons. Best Practice Briefing No 4

Best Practice Briefing – No 3 (January 2013)

Developing Success Criteria for the introduction of Social Enterprises in North East Prisons – an Action Research Project
NOMS North East Prisons commissioned SERIF to advise on the development of success criteria and scorecard framework to inform the selection and development of social enterprise projects. This best practice briefing summarises the findings from Phase 1 of the action research project based upon interviews and desk research conducted between October and December 2012. Best Practice Briefing – No 3

Best Practice Briefing – No 2 (September 2012)

Measuring Social Value demystified….(a bit!)
This best practice briefing was prepared SERIF following the ‘Getting Creative to Reduce Youth Offending’ event in Liverpool on 20th July 2012. Its author, Philip Angier, is principal of Angier Griffin and a leading practitioner in social accounting and social finance. Philip Angier is also a founding member of SERIF. Measuring Social Value Demystified (sep 12)

Best Practice Briefing – No 1 (June 2012)

Measuring Social Value Added in the context of the NOMS Social Enterprise Consortia Building Programme
This best practice briefing has been prepared for SERIF by Philip Angier, principal of Angier Griffin, a leading practitioner in social accounting and social finance. Philip Angier is a founding member of the Social Enterprise Research & Innovation Foundation. Social Value Best Practice Briefing (jun 12)

Cosgrove, F. (2011) – ‘Can Social Enterprise Reduce Reoffending’, Durham University SASS Research Briefing 4.

This research paper seeks to provide greater understanding of the relationship between social enterprise, employment and reoffending through an examination of scholarly and sector based literature – including an exploration of the concept of social enterprise, an analysis of the relationships between offending and employment, the current nature of prison work and its relationship to employability and VCSE sector approaches to reducing reoffending implemented within North America, Canada, Italy and Sweden. The Impact of Social Enterprise on Reducing Re-offending