Can you help provide insight into Australian social enterprise? FASES (Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector) is investigating the changing scope and needs of our social enterprises. Social Traders and the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Swinburne Uni are conducting the research which is the second census of social enterprise in Australia – the first was in 2009/10.
Info gained will inform policy and planning amongst government, philanthropy, not-for-profits and social enterprises. Researchers need help from some of the thousands of social enterprises across the country before 1 August 2015.
The research has 2 components:
1. The qualitative part of the research, undertaken via 13 focus groups across Australia, has been completed. (See findings in an interim report).
2. Help is needed with the quantitative research that requires participants to undertake a 30 minute online survey . The aim is to attract over 500 social enterprises to complete the survey prior to 1 August.
The first FASES study had an impact. It was downloaded or circulated in print over 15,000 times and influenced the establishment of $50 million in public and private investment into social enterprise development.
It provided a definition of social enterprise that has been used by many Australian governments as well as the OECD. It helped build the social enterprise community and it helped people to better understand and support social enterprise.