Social return on investment (SROI)

Report finds challenges and benefits for social supply chains

Research conducted by NEF Consulting has suggested investments in social enterprises yield significantly larger returns of social value compared to commercial investments. Social supply chains yield benefits In research commissioned by construction and development company Wates Group, NEF Consulting found… Read more »


Social Value Matters 2017

social value matters

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more »