Tag Archives: Social Return on Investment

Recent approaches to measuring social impact in the third sector: an overview

by Gianni Zappalà & Mark Lyons, CSI BP No.6, 2009. Summary by Gianni Zappalà. There is a growing interest in the measurement of social impact. In some countries, there are moves towards making the use of some form of social impact measurement framework or model compulsory for those Third Sector organisations that receive government funding. Three such social impact measurement approaches are gaining traction in Australia: Social Accounting and Audit (SAA); Logic Models such as … Continue reading

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SROI Act II: A Call to Action for Next Generation SROI

by David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; June 2009. ‘Act II’ comes with more humility and empathy than is typically attributed to the founders of the SROI movement. REDF (The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) pioneered the SROI approach through applying it to their work in re-employment services. Responding to years of criticism during their evangelisation of SROI as the way to measure impact, they now characterise social return on … Continue reading

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A Guide to Social Return on Investment

published by The Office of the Third Sector, United Kingdom; 2009. How to measure organisational impact in the Third Sector is a long held conundrum. Now, however, there is a new pressure that confers an aura of urgency to the issue: the social marketplace. Advocates of the social marketplace understand the need for a universally recognised unit of measure for social returns. Given the lack of agreement in the sector, the UK government has stepped … Continue reading

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Book Review: Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan For Smart Philanthropy

Book by Paul Brest And Hal Harvey, Bloomberg Press; 2008. Reviewed by Duncan Peppercorn; Founder of Social Ventures Australia Consulting. Thank goodness for this book. I hope that it quickly becomes obligatory reading for all those who want to invest in creating a better Australia. Brest and Harvey have managed, with great clarity and appropriate simplicity, to outline the rationale for philanthropists — and by extension all funders of social change — to take a … Continue reading

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