Training as a social purpose: are economic and social benefits delivered?
International Journal of Training and Development
© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons LtdThis paper reports original research which measures the social and economic impact of training and skills development on individuals who participated in training provided by social purpose, nonprofit organizations. An implicit policy assumption is that such organizations contribute to social and economic regeneration. Examining the costs and benefits of training to trainees, an adapted Return on Investment methodology measures any economic benefit, while an Index of Social Benefit measures changes in individual well-being. The results demonstrate that while changes to both the economic and social well-being of trainees occur, it does not necessarily relate solely to the training they received. Instead, changes reflect other, often complex, aspects of trainees’ lives, although training may facilitate change. Furthermore, social purpose, nonprofit organizations need to evince the socioeconomic benefits of their training programmes to secure future funding, public or private, but proving their successful delivery may be difficult to determine.
This work developed as a collaborative effort between the Centre for Rural Policy Research (now the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute – LEEP) at the University of Exeter and Devon Communities Together as part of the Proving Our Value programme funded by SW Forum. This programme was designed to engage collaborative work between academic researchers and not-for-profit organizations. As such, the authors are indebted the work of Lesley Smith and David Kinross of Devon Communities Together, whose commitment and contacts made this research possible.
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Vol. 20, Iss. 4, pp. 249 - 261