Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII)

The Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) at the University of North­ampton evaluates and measures the social impact of social innovations in the UK and around the world, as well as exploring the financing of, and policy sup­port for, social innovation.

The ISII defines social impact as ‘the economic, social and environmental benefits delivered by an organisation to society’ and the Institute views social innovation as any new structure or process that enhances a society’s resources and cohesion. Crucially, the ISII is fully self-sustaining and sources its income entirely from external contracts/grants, with no core University funding provided. In this way it operates in the same manner as a socially innovative, entrepreneurial organisation!

What does the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) do?

  • Supports social innovators to develop their ideas and organisations through the delivery of cutting-edge academic research and consultancy services.
  • Evaluates the social impact of a range of initiatives and organisations, through the use of their bespoke ‘Social Impact Matrix©’, quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Supports the University in developing, implementing and evaluating socially innovative, high impact projects.
  • Collaborates on multi-disciplinary research projects through internal partnerships with the University’s other research institutes and centres, as well through external partnerships with other universities and organisations.

What are the ISII’s areas of interest?

The Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) has research interests in several areas, including at national, European and international levels:

  • Social Innovation
  • Social Impact
  • Social Investment
  • Social Policy
  • Educational Innovation
  • Social Value
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Public Service Reform
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Criminal Justice

Who are some of the ISII’s key partners?

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Contact us

For further information please contact the Institutes team:


Call: +44(0)1604892423


Institute for Social Innovation and Impact,
Directorate of Research,
Impact and Enterprise,
University of Northampton,
Room 122 University of
Northampton Innovation Centre,
Green Street,
NN1 1SY.