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Understanding How to Wield Social Return on Investment (Part II)

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

This was originally posted by Sopact on their blog here. In Part I of this blog series we looked at the Social Return on Investment (SROI) approach to accounting for impact and some of the challenges involved in its implementation. By identifying monetary values for impact generated, SROI enables us to calculate impact returns as a ratio of our capital allocation. For example, if that ratio is 5:1, it means that every dollar allocated will generate (or has generated) social value worth five dollars. Its rigorous process takes impact accounting to new levels of transparency and authenticity. That is, if organizations can implement SROI

How to Calculate Social Return On Investment (SROI) – Part 1

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

This was originally posted by Sopact on their website here. A lot of people try to get to a number for SROI Ratio and it misses the truth. The point of SROI calculation isn’t necessarily to justify capital investment, it’s to understand value creation through capital allocation.”- Jed Emerson Capitalism has historically been about value creation. And yet, value creation has bent towards delivering value solely to shareholders, generating a collective tunnel vision. What about generating environmental value? And social value? Accounting for such value is difficult, and perhaps for this reason we do not collectively work such value into

Learn About Impact Monitor

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Social Value Institute offer the Impact Monitor, a new way to showcase the efforts within your organisation. We had a chat with Ana of Social Value Institute about Impact Monitor and why you should consider using it. What is Impact Monitor? Impact Monitor® is a technological web-based platform that allows organizations to trace their social impact based on information generated from their daily operations. How do you think Impact Monitor will benefit individuals + why should they undertake it? IM enables organizations to execute tasks from their Social Value Creation Model or their Sustainability Model in a structured manner to

Convergence, Tribes and the Impact Revolution

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Ben Carpenter Social Value International CEO reflects on the challenges of a growing movement. Impact thinking is being adopted rapidly across new sectors with new players. How do we react? Imagine lots of people walking towards the centre of a circle. They all have different starting points but are converging into the middle and are starting to meet and collide. This is the scene described by Sir Ronald Cohen this week as he described the state of impact measurement and thinking. Convergence around principles and impact theory was a theme echoed by many this week at the OECD Conference #PF4S.

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Civil Support and Ashoka Launch The Impact Academy

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Recently Civil Support ( Leader of SVI’s Hungarian Country Impact Group) and Ashoka teamed up to produce a new initiative, The Impact Academy. We spoke to Zsolt Pethe, co-founder of The Impact Academy, about what this initiative is and how it will benefit individuals. What is The Impact Academy? Impact Academy is a half-year program, combining interactive workshops delivered by international experts alongside local presenters, two community events and the creation of multi-media resources to inspire the ecosystem around impact assessment. Modules guide the participants through theoretical approaches, practical strategy development, tailor-made tools and indicators. The program includes mentorship and assistance


Whānau Ora Accreditation Framework endorsed by SVI

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

A highlight for our Social Value Aotearoa network this year was working closely with a subset of our members through Te Pou Matakana(Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency) co-designing the WhānauOra Accreditation Framework – an organisational approach to strengthening and reinforcing the ongoing quality and integrity of WhānauOra practice and delivery. Whānau Ora Dame Tariana Turia on Whānau Ora “To know ourselves, our strengths, our challenges and chart our own course.” Whānau Ora is a culturally-based holistic approach to wellbeing that focusses on the Māori concept of whānau. The family group (whānau) are considered as a whole and not just the individual.  Whānau


Announcing India’s First SROI + Social Value Accredited Trainer

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

We are proud to announce that Jignesh Thakkar has become the first Accredited SROI + Social Value Trainer in India. Jignesh is a Corporate Social Responsibility and Development sector professional with an MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, a Gold Medallist in Bachelors of Social Work from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat and Bachelor of Law from Gujarat University, Gujarat. Jignesh is passionate to work on developmental issues, strategic program development, project cycle management, concurrent monitoring, zero tolerance operations, responsible resource management, and fruitful networking. He has extensive knowledge of working on grant-funded


Nzeve Join Social Value International as Organisational Members

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Social Value International are happy to welcome Nzeve as organisational members. Nzeve is working towards the Deaf community being valued in an inclusive society. Nzeve is an organisation of deaf and hearing people working together to promote the rights of children and youth with disabilities to participate fully in society. Nzeve works to reduce discrimination by promoting sign language and deaf culture and building deaf community. Nzeve is currently working on their first report. Nzeve was successful in an application for DREAMS Innovation Challenge. They received funding for their “Grapevine Project”, run in partnership with King George VI Centre Bulawayo,

Announcing EY as Organisational Members of Social Value International

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Social Value International are very pleased to announce that The Outcomes Measurement team at EY have joined as organisational members. Social Value International CEO Ben Carpenter said ‘“We are excited about the partnership SVI can build with EY. They have a strong commitment to social value and a global reach that can help develop good practice throughout our networks. We look forward to working with their highly skilled teams as we work together to change the way the world accounts for value.” We asked EY to tell us a little about their recent impact work and what they’re hoping to

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The School of Business Management, NMIMS, are now organisational members

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

We are proud to welcome The School of Business Management (SBM) of SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) as organisational members of Social Value International. Deemed to be University (as per UGC Norms), one of India’s premier business schools is situated in Mumbai – the financial hub and nerve centre of the country. Apart from offering diverse cutting-edge programs for students, it also offers executive education programs for professionals who want to make the key transition in their careers. The SBM educational experience aims to equip students with a bedrock of management skills to help them navigate through