Working papers

TSI Working Paper No.10: Assessing the macro socio-economic impact of the third sector in Europe

Outlining the challenges of quantitative measurement, TSI coordinator Bernard Enjolras argues in this paper that multidimenional criteria are needed to capture the socio-economic impact of third sector activity, as outputs and outcomes of third sector organizations are more than those of for private for-profit enterprises activities. “The reason is that third sector organizations mainly generate […]

TSI Working Paper No. 8: “Unemployment, volunteering, subjective well-being and mental health”

As the risks associated with growing labour market deregulation and flexibilisation are increasingly shifted towards individuals, an increasing number of people are likely to experience unemployment, which can result in declining mental health and well-being. This paper asks whether voluntary work can reduce the negative effects of unemployment on well-being. Drawing on Latent Deprivation Theory, […]

TSI Working Paper no. 6: “Meta-Analysis of SROI Studies – Indicators and Proxies”

A new Working Paper by the TSI team at Business University of Vienna in Austria explores how existing SROI (Social Return on Investment) analyses can be applied to the assessment of impact indicators proposed by the TSI Impact group. This five dimensions are (1) well-being and quality of life, (2) innovation, (3) civic engagement, empowerment, […]

TSI Working Paper No. 7: “Community-level impacts of the third sector”

It is often assumed that the density of third sector organizations provides opportunities that are beneficial for engagement in volunteering, social cohesion, and social capital. By sophisticated multi-level modelling and after controlling for relevant individual and area characteristics in data from the UK, this paper concludes that the “foot-print” of third sector organizations does not […]

TSI Working Paper No 5: “Measuring the Impact of the Third Sector: From Concept to Metrics”

This working paper clarifies the meanings of the concepts of civil society, public sphere and third sector in the light of TSI’s work on a conceptualization of the third sector in Europe. First, the paper surveys the genealogy and different meanings of the concept of civil society and introduces the idea of a differentiated “civil […]
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