Employment social enterprises (ESEs) provide temporary work and a supported work environment to reduce employment barriers and generate program revenue. Successful ESEs provide participants with work readiness, are relatively large, have few occupational skill requirements, and hire supervisors with...
Related Publications for Evaluating Outcomes and Impacts of Social Enterprises Run by REDF's Portfolio Organizations
Doing Good While Doing Business Using Financial Viability to Enhance Employability for the DisadvantagedJun 30, 2019
Potential Assistance for Disadvantaged Workers: Employment Social EnterprisesApr 14, 2017
Employment social enterprises (ESEs) provide temporary work and a supported work environment to reduce employment barriers and generate program revenue. Estimation of one-year employment changes associated with ESE work and of program costs and benefits provide preliminary evidence of their value.
Social Enterprises, Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Life Stability (In Focus Brief)Feb 05, 2015
Social enterprises (SEs) are mission-driven businesses focused on hiring and assisting people who face barriers to work. In 2011, REDF funded organizations in California to expand and support SEs and commissioned an evaluation to assess this approach. This brief highlights key findings from an outcomes...
Economic Self-Sufficiency and Life Stability One Year After Starting a Social Enterprise JobJan 13, 2015
In 2011, REDF placed social enterprise (SE) employment at the heart of its five-year strategy to transform how people with many employment barriers transition into the workforce. SEs are mission-driven businesses focused on hiring and assisting people who face barriers to work. In support of its strategy...
The Structure and Operations of Social Enterprises in REDF's Social Innovation Fund Portfolio: Interim ReportJul 01, 2014
REDF social enterprises are businesses that advance the public good and sell goods and services in order to provide jobs for hard-to-employ individuals. Initial findings from Mathematica's evaluation show that the enterprises served the hard to employ. Most workers were satisfied with their employment...
Social Enterprise Strengths and Challenges (In Focus Brief)Mar 30, 2014
Social enterprises (SEs) are businesses that intentionally hire individuals who face barriers to employment, while the enterprises remain financially viable. They seek to improve the earnings of the people they employ and help them use fewer government benefits and services, thereby easing taxpayer burden....