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Bridgeman, J and Loosemore, M (2021) Designing Theoretically and Evidence-Based Social Procurement Programmes in Construction: A Capability Empowerment Approach. In: Scott, L and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 37th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-7 September 2021, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 168-177.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: Social procurement, theory of change, SROI, employment, youth
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  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/520a82d1c3332a28fe16e4c2a842ee42.pdf
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    Social procurement policies require companies to develop and implement initiatives to create social value, yet many programmes created in response to these emerging policies lack a reliable empirical and theoretical foundation. Addressing this problem and brining a new theoretically informed evidence-based approach to social procurement research in construction, this paper presents a theoretically informed and methodologically robust social return on investment (SROI) analysis of a construction training programme developed to reduce the risk of youth homelessness. Mobilising Sen and Nussbaum's Capability Empowerment Approach, the paper provides robust, testable and transparent evidence of the social impact of the programme on the lives of the homeless people who went through it. Robust theoretically informed social procurement initiatives are critically important in ensuring that social procurement policies have their intended social outcomes.