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Read a new report on micro care and support enterprise which asks does smaller mean better

A new research report from the University of Birmingham, that compares micro care and support services with services offered by larger providers, has just been launched.

The report, which is called Micro-enterprises: small enough to care? can be downloaded here, and a blog about it published by the RSA, can be viewed here.

The report provides information on the findings of a 2 year research project called Micro-enterprises in Adult Social Care: does smaller mean better?  The University of Birmingham worked alongside a number of project partners during the research, including Community Catalysts, the folks behind the Small Good Stuff Directory, where a growing number of micro-enterprises are now choosing to list their service.  A blog from our very own Helen Allen, on our work on this research with the University of Birmingham can be viewed here.

The research was carried out in 3 sites around the UK, and co- researchers with experience of using services or caring for people were recruited locally and were involved in research design, interviewing, analysis and dissemination.

The research found that micro-enterprises outperform larger care providers in delivering services to people that are valued, innovative, personalised and cost effective.  The research also looked at factors which would support or inhibit the growth of the micro-enterprise care sector, which the report makes a number of recommendations about.

The report will be of interest to people using services, or people who care for someone who does, local authority commissioners of care services, national policy makers encouraging market shaping at the local level, and people who are already running a care or support service, or who are thinking of setting up their own micro-enterprise.

Whatever your interest in the issues discussed in the report, you can let the University of Birmingham know what you think of the report’s findings by emailing Dr. Catherine Needham, who led the University’s research team, on c.needham.1@bham.ac.uk or by following Catherine on Twitter @DrCNeedham#microsupport