Social return on investment (SROI)

Social Value Matters 2017

This year’s Social Value International conference is being held in Istanbul against a backdrop of increasing inequality and global uncertainty. This year there is a focus on how we can use social impact data to drive innovation and ensure stakeholder involvement in service design. We will be sharing experiences of what’s worked in changing culture,… Read more »


Social impact on the agenda in Lisbon

Social impact was the phrase of the day in Lisbon last week, as attendees came together to discuss and promote change at the annual Impacto Social 2016 (IS2016) conference. IS2016 saw ten Social Return on Investment (SROI) studies presented to attendees and panel discussions involving a range of academics, government officials, business analysts and experts in… Read more »


SROI analysis for Ecology Action Centre, Canada

Working at the individual, community and systemic level, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project tackles food and income insecurity. It does this by building ‘positive food environments’ for both farmers and low-income communities. Their aim is to create a more equitable and sustainable food system by supporting local producers, educating eaters and advocating for… Read more »


Prince’s Trust: 40 life-changing years

Over the last 40 years the Prince’s Trust has helped change the lives of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people across the UK. Today, three in four young people on their progammes move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust commissioned NEF Consulting to evaluate the impact of their programmes over the last… Read more »


In SROI, what people says matters

Involving stakeholders at each stage of an evaluation is one of the fundamental principles of SROI, and should be celebrated as one of its greatest strengths. By Sarah Arnold,  Economist, NEF Consulting. The common thread underpinning NEF Consulting’s work is co-production. Our participatory research methods ensure our work reflects the input of those most affected,… Read more »


Evaluation of a substance misuse treatment service for women

NEF Consulting evaluated the Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) model and their POCAR (Parenting Our  Children – Addressing Risk) programme. Brighton Oasis is a charity offering a women-only substance misuse treatment service in the City of Brighton and Hove. The aim was to determine the extent to which the POCAR programme improves outcomes and brings about… Read more »


Introduction to SROI

with a case study for local authorities and LEPs. This one-day workshop will help organisations to measure their wider impact, looking beyond GVA and job numbers to measure other indicators of social and environmental impact such as knowledge, skills and wellbeing. Specifically, it will help local authorities and LEPs measure the social value generated by… Read more »


Evaluation of early childhood development interventions

Early childhood development

NEF Consulting evaluated ChildFund’s Responsive Parenting Program in Ecuador using a Social Return on Investment approach. The research indicates that if a long-term approach is combined with broader social valuation, the returns on investment in early childhood development interventions could be substantially higher than the existing evidence suggests. It also provides a deeper understanding of… Read more »


Newlon Fusion: Social valuation of resident support services

NEF consulting was appointed by Newlon Fusion to prepare a social valuation of services that support social housing residents and local community members into self-reliance and financial independence through employment or entrepreneurship. Newlon Fusion is the community regeneration partner of Newlon Housing Trust. It delivers regeneration programmes in partnership with local authorities and community groups… Read more »


Prince’s Trust

Case study: Prince’s Trust: 40 life-changing years Over the last 40 years the Prince’s Trust has helped change the lives of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people across the UK. Today, three in four young people on their progammes move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust commissioned NEF Consulting to evaluate the impact… Read more »