We were delighted to be able to work jointly with Mark Ellerby of cloudberry innovation & development and others to organise the New Ideas on Social Value event held at the Concept Conference Centre, Birmingham, on Friday 12th December 2014.
The aim was to bring together a range of different perspectives on social value and update participants on a range of new initiatives and approaches to implementing social value — in local authorities, and in the health and social care sector.
Alun Severn, BSSEC, spoke about findings from two years’ of working on social value implementation with local authorities, and especially Birmingham City Council, as part of a project funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Alun explained the approaches that are becoming prevalent amongst local authorities and the common difficulties they — and social enterprises — are experiencing in evidencing and reporting on social value. This remains the least developed part of the process.