The Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence (YSBCUF) is starting a study on Third Sector and social businesses activities existing in the province of Pistoia.
This is one of the activities foreseen in the “Pistoia Social Business City Program”, officially inaugurated the last 11th july in collaboration with Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Pistoia e Pescia and Fondazione Un Raggio di Luce ONLUS.
The research’s aim is to analyse functions and roles of social businesses and Third Sector organizations in the province of Pistoia, trying to investigate the services they offer, social needs they solve and, above all, their impact on the local community.
This study will involve more than 250 organizations including voluntary associations, social promotion associations and social cooperatives (both type A and type B).
The YSBCUF will administer every organization a questionnaire investigating their: type of management, activities and legal framework, economic and financial sustainability, capabilities of producing social innovation, solving collective problems and capability of creating a collaborative network with public and private actors.
Collected data will be used also for other studies on the social economy of the Province of Pistoia and will also be available for the Centre’s partners involved in this research.