Evidencing social value — the elephant in the room

BSSEC-logo-smallFollowing on from the roundtable event we held on the 15th January 2014 we held a further event on the 9th June 2014 specifically to look at the progress local authorities are making in evidencing and measuring social value as part of their new commissioning arrangements.

We found that:

  • While many are making good progress in embedding social value-based approaches throughout their commissioning and procurement procedures, most if not all are still ‘feeling their way’ as regards the evidencing, monitoring and measuring of social value.


  • The external environment is very confused, with too many competing methods and ‘systems’ for measuring social value and/or social impact.


  • In some local authority departments transferable practices for evidencing social value almost certainly already exist, but the time and capacity to investigate these properly is lacking.


→ More about the event here.

→ Read the full report: Evidencing Social Value: TheElephant in the Room.


Read all our materials on social value

Birmingham City Council and social value

→ Useful resources

→  Social value — one year on

→ All blog post tagged ‘social value’

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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