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Health impacts of a WISE: a longitudinal study

Health impacts of a WISE: a longitudinal study This paper aims to report findings from the first year of the Vanguard Laundry evaluation study, which explores the impacts of a work integration social enterprise (WISE) on health.Design/methodology/approachDrawing on social determinants of health (SDH) conceptual framework, a mixed-methods longitudinal case study is used to evaluate the health impacts of a WISE employing people with lived experience of mental illness. In stage one of this study, 31 participants including staff and managers completed semi-structured interviews, validated health and well-being measures and a questionnaire based on the organisation’s theory of change. Quantitative data were analysed descriptively, and qualitative data are analysed thematically.FindingsData provided further evidence of the conceptualised WISE pathways for impact on SDH through employment, social integration, increased income, improved social position and living conditions. While social enterprise (SE) beneficiary staff had lower well-being scores than other staff members and management, the majority reported improved health, increased social supports and enhanced well-being through improved material conditions and increased sense of purpose, confidence and social connection.Research limitations/implicationsStage one of this study relied on self-reported data. Future stages will incorporate income support and health data extracted from government agencies with participant consent.Originality/valueThis paper responds to calls for longitudinal studies that include a range of participants and use health outcome measures to further explore how a WISE impacts health through acting on SDH. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Enterprise Journal Emerald Publishing

Health impacts of a WISE: a longitudinal study

Social Enterprise Journal , Volume 15 (4): 18 – Nov 21, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-8614
DOI
10.1108/sej-12-2018-0082
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Abstract

This paper aims to report findings from the first year of the Vanguard Laundry evaluation study, which explores the impacts of a work integration social enterprise (WISE) on health.Design/methodology/approachDrawing on social determinants of health (SDH) conceptual framework, a mixed-methods longitudinal case study is used to evaluate the health impacts of a WISE employing people with lived experience of mental illness. In stage one of this study, 31 participants including staff and managers completed semi-structured interviews, validated health and well-being measures and a questionnaire based on the organisation’s theory of change. Quantitative data were analysed descriptively, and qualitative data are analysed thematically.FindingsData provided further evidence of the conceptualised WISE pathways for impact on SDH through employment, social integration, increased income, improved social position and living conditions. While social enterprise (SE) beneficiary staff had lower well-being scores than other staff members and management, the majority reported improved health, increased social supports and enhanced well-being through improved material conditions and increased sense of purpose, confidence and social connection.Research limitations/implicationsStage one of this study relied on self-reported data. Future stages will incorporate income support and health data extracted from government agencies with participant consent.Originality/valueThis paper responds to calls for longitudinal studies that include a range of participants and use health outcome measures to further explore how a WISE impacts health through acting on SDH.

Journal

Social Enterprise JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 21, 2019

Keywords: Well-being; Mental health; Social enterprise; Employment; Health

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