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Copy of Copy of SROI

Social Return On Investment

Mirte van den Oosterkamp

on 21 March 2011

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SROI Background What is it? Stakeholder involvement Technique Exercise Main strenghts Main weaknesses Main websites The wish to develop a methodology that:
builds on where people are
user friendly
adequate measurement results
perspective of different stakeholders
empowering for users Adopted from social entrepeneur sector (USA)
Tries to take all kinds of impact into account ( economic, social, gender, environment
Compares the values of differnet impacts
E.g. it can compare the value of school enrollment with the value of healthcare

A methodology to understand, measure and report on the social, economic, environmental values created by organisations An innovative way of measuring, for learning and accountability purposes An instrument 'in progress', especially for the sector of social business and development A methodology to go beyond results at output level Monetising Why monetise? What monetise? Non-economic values have to be expressed in money. Money expresses value in figure
How to express products/ services in monetary values when market prices are not available? To increase comparability of social, economic,socio-economic and environmental values
To stimulate a discussion on investment
To make an added value visible (which facilitate choices)
To add/ substract results in different areas

Outcome/ impact: the added value of an intervention (=sustainable results minus 'what would have happened anyway')
Via: indicators for societal impact SROI requires involvement of key stakeholders in
different stages of a project/ programme:

They determine intended change and impact
Only they can determine the value of an indicator (values are subjective and context related)
And because stakeholders are different, there will be different values (for the same commodities) 1a. Objective

Evaluation 1b. Scope

Limit the scope of the analysis in terms of:

Object (activity, project, programme)
Geographical location (village region, country)
Time 2. Stakeholder analysis

Who are the most important stakeholders?
Identify the stakeholders and determine their influence and interest
Determine whose perspective you are going to take 3. Theory of change

How did the change happen?
What are the final goals of the initiative?
What strategies were used?
Create “so-that chains”
How did the initiative develop in time?
What have been the most important outcomes? 4. Inputs

Determine what went in, in terms of:
Labour 5. Outputs

Determine the results of the analysed activity:

What came out as a result of the input? 8. Verification

After the analysis together with the stakeholders, the data need to be checked:

Were our assumptions correct?
Did we mention the right inputs?
Where the amounts correct?
Did our estimations make sense?

Recalculate the ratio. 6. Valuation

What goes in:
Attach monetary value to the items in the table
Either look up in financial reports, or estimate if not available

What comes out:
Attach financial value to the items listed
Use the indicators found through the so-what questions 7. Calculation

Divide what came out by what went in:

E.g. what went in: Euro 100.000, what came out: Euro 544.000

The SROI ratio is 5,44:1

what would have happened anyway?

who else helped?

How much did the money decline in value?

9. Narrative

How did we go about for the SROI analysis?
What were our assumptions?
What could not be valuated?
Lessons learned
Discuss withing your group thw SROI methodology. Do you have a common understanding? (10 minutes)
Choose a case amongst the group members ad make a "dry run" of the methodology (30 minutes) Make your appreciation of the ethodology: what are strong and weak points? (10 minutes)Think of criteria like:
Allows collection of both quantitative and qualitative data
Level of participation by stakeholders
Contribution of reflection and learning
Feasibility: is it practical and easy to carry our?
Other criteria as you consider appropriate Prepare a 10 minute presentation for the other participants: (1) explain the methodology, and (2) share your appreciation of the methodology (15 minutes);
Discuss outcome of group work plenary Comparison and aggregation of economic, soicla and environmental developments
Upward, horizontal and downward accountability
Opportunities for impact assessment
SROI analysis combines quantitative and qualitative measuring
SROI builds on participation of stakeholders In a developmental stage: no blueprints, first guidelines are being developed and tested
Questions about the possibilities of monetising social and environmental variables
Initial investments are needed; pay of comes with a delay
The SROI-ration assumes a linearity in developments www.developmenttraining.org:

Contextuals (under publications):
Contextual nr. 8: Exploratory study
Contextual nr 9: Nice SROI pilots

SROI practical guide (under other publications)

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