As part of the sector’s Birmingham Social Enterprise City initiative we will shortly launch a baseline survey to establish key facts about the sector’s social and economic contribution, its social value and impact, its size and scale, and its employment levels.
This will be an ambitious survey and producing high quality data will depend on achieving a high response rate. We have spent a long time fine-tuning the design of the survey so that it is as easy to complete as possible — and we hope that social enterprises will be patient and enthusiastic and complete it in huge numbers.
Many surveys achieve very little but we know, based on previous surveys we have been involved with, that key data about the social enterprise sector does matter to local policy-makers, to funders and to commissioners. For instance, a strong evidence-base makes a critical difference to the resources that can be attracted to help support the sector.
So watch this space. In due course, a link to the survey will be posted here on the BSSEC blog as well as being sent out to all known social enterprises and trading third sector organisations in Birmingham. You’ll be able to support this effort — and the sector — by completing the questionnaire. More news soon.