Editors: Leslie Brown, Chiara Carini, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Lou Hammond Ketilson, Elizabeth Hicks, John McNamara, Sonja Novkovic, Daphne Rixon and Richard Simmons.
The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (MCDRN) and the Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) joined forces in 2014 to organize an international conference, focused on how and why co-operatives assess their performance and their impacts on society.
Over a period of 3 days co-operative practitioners and researchers from Europe, North America and Latin America discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the various tools used by co-operatives, and considered how best to obtain and share reliable and accurate information on co-operative performance and impact.
The conference was exploring five interconnected themes:
Statistics and data collection
Putting co-operative principles into practice
Member and stakeholder engagement
Reporting practices (co-operative identity and sustainability)
The chapters in this book are organized according to these five themes. They offer an international snapshot of the work being undertaken in these areas, with the intention of sharing the knowledge and experience obtained thus far. The authors advocate a critical analysis of these materials, and suggest ways forward as practitioners and researchers address the reporting and dissemination challenges identified during the conference.