Social Return on Investment – London Borough Waste Management Company

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This report gives an example of good practice in regards to how an organisation can review the social value it generates through providing a service.

Sustainable Business Partnership was employed by a Waste Management Company (WMC) to review the social impact of its work in London Borough. This review of social value used Social Impact Mapping and a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.

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Raploch URC

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Raploch is one of the most deprived places in the Forth Valley. Industrial decline saw unemployment rocket to 75%. Raploch URC was set up in 2004 to lead the town’s regeneration. Because of the dearth of employment opportunities Raploch URC recognised that the town’s physical regeneration was inseparable from the need to create local employment and skills opportunities. It therefore pioneered the use of social value clauses to ensure that any contractor or developer would provide a set number of training and employment opportunities over the life of the project. Raploch URC commissioned the R3 consortium to build 900 homes in the area over a 10 year period at the same time delivering a range of social benefits.

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Levelling the playing field

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Midland Heart, a housing and care organisation, reviewed the procurement process for landscaping, contract and window cleaning across the Midland Heart homes which were usually serviced by a private sector contractor, and were then dispersed amongst different social enterprises.

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Recent approaches to measuring social impact in the Third sector: An overview

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This report explains the different social value evaluation frameworks and gives a step-by-step guide for conducting an analysis using each framework. The similarities and differences between approaches are explored. This gives organisations involved in the commissioning process additional information on relative advantages and disadvantages of each measurement strategy.

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Putting evaluations to use: from measuring to endorsing social value

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This research paper examines the importance of social value measurement in the context of the Social Value Act. This includes assessment of evaluation frameworks and how they can be used to better understand the concept of social value. Details are given on how third sector organisations can effectively provide public services.

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East Sussex – a case study of putting social value and commissioning into practice

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The following information has been taken from East Sussex –a case study of putting social value and commissioning into practice: “The commissioning process in East Sussex formed part of a strategic move towards more personalised services for local people and investment in the voluntary and community sector. Continue reading