Measuring the impact of community businesses at neighbourhood level

Power to Change commissioned Kantar in 2019 to conduct a ‘hyperlocal’ version of the national Community Life Survey (CLS) in six operational areas centred around community businesses supported by Power to Change. Each area has a mean average population 1,500 people. The ‘hyperlocal’ design builds on studies conducted in 2017 and 2018 which established a new way of measuring the social impact of community businesses on their local community (Willis et al., 2017: Coutinho et al., 2018). In summary, these studies found that the CLS offered a cost-effective approach to creating a baseline measure of community cohesion and social action in the local areas served by community businesses.