Social Return on Investment: Some Resources

Social Return on Investment (SROI) is one way to evaluate the return of a programme/project or organisation. Recently, we shared


research from Volunteering New Zealand on the impact of volunteers and the models available for measuring the returns. Click here to see the article.

Below are a few reports on Return on Investment:

The SROI Network: The Seven Principles of SROI

SROI tells the story of how change is being created by measuring social, environmental and economic outcomes – and uses monetary values to represent them. Find here

The New Economics Foundation: A guide to Social Return on Investment

This guide aims to show organisations and institutions to make better decisions using Social Return on Investment (SROI) principles, helping them to recognise value beyond what can be easily captured by financial measurement. Find here

Fifteen London: A Social Return on Investment Analysis 2009/10

This is an analysis of the social returns from the Fifteen London programme. A British programme that offers a chef apprenticeship programme to at-risk youth. The result was a £9.50 return on investment for every £1 invested. Find here

European Venture Philanthropy Association: A Practical Guide to Measuring and Managing Impact

The Five Steps of Social Impact Management.
The Five Steps of Social Impact Management.

This manual is targeted specifically at venture philanthropy organisations and social investors and more generally at impact investors, foundations and any other funders interested in generating a positive impact on society. Find here

If you’re keen to keep up to date with the developments around social return on investment then you can find more publications and sign up for updates from:

The SROI Network
The New Economics Foundation 
The Social Impact Analysts Association

Community Research


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