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Abstract: The long history of voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) as pioneers of public services has led to reification of the innovativeness of these organisations. Is this reification justified – are VCOs inherently innovative, or is innovation contingent on the policy and funding framework they operate in? This paper reports on a replication study of research originally undertaken by Osborne in 1998, which found that innovative capacity was in fact a contingent capacity of VCOs. This replication study allows exploration of how innovative capacity has changed over the past decade, and an analysis of what factors have affected any changes.

Full paper (pdf): DP0701 The Innovative Capacity of Voluntary Organisations: Survey evidence from a replication study
Stephen P. Osborne, Celine Chew & Kate Mclaughlin