Measuring social value

Measuring social value
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Leighton, Dan; Wood, Claudia
Publisher
Demos
Date of publication
2 July 2010
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production, Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Based on a review of 30 charities and social enterprises of different sizes and working in different sectors, this report reveals a gap between the aspirations of policy makers for quantifiable measures of social value, and the ability of third sector organisations to measure and capture basic social outcomes. It argues that the sector as a whole must achieve a basic and universal standard of outcome measurement before attempting to implement more complex and rigorous models such as SROI; and that such a universal standard would be both more viable and equitable for charities and useful to funders.

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