This report presents the background, design, and final findings of the British Columbia (BC) Work Integrated Social Enterprises (WISE) project, a five-year research study that examined the long-term outcomes of training and employment interventions of work integrated social enterprises (WISEs) that have a social mission to job seekers facing barriers to employment in BC. The research study was led by the BC Centre for Employment Excellence (CfEE), a division of the national non-profit Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, with support from BC-based social enterprise consultant Rupert Downing.
Mr. Downing’s primary role was to identify and engage the six WISE partners that are organized in two clusters in Abbotsford and Hazelton, BC, and to bring together and facilitate the Learning Community that provided input and advice on the research findings, as well as share out best practices and findings from the project in support of the broader WISE sector across the province. This report provides a final overview of the project, including a description of how it was designed to address its key research questions.
Published: October 2022
Capability: Program Evaluation/ Performance Measurement
Policy Area: Employment - Labour Market Integration of Persons with Disabilities - Employment Supports and Services - Employment Programs, Newcomers Labour Market Integration
Population: Low-skilled Workers - Newcomers - People with Disabilities
Type: Final report