Voluntary and community sector organisations in Wakefield District instinctively know their services provide social value. The sector has a good history of demonstrating social value across many sectors including health, education, and housing, but definitions and measurement techniques are currently inconsistent.

Social value is a way of thinking about how scarce resources are allocated and used. It involves looking beyond the price of an individual contract and looking at what the collective benefit to a community is when a public body chooses to award a contract.

Campaign Working Document

Measuring Social Value in Wakefield
To find out more about this Assembly campaign see our working document (last updated: November 2013) where we bring together national and local information and make the case for why a change is needed. Social Value Campaign working document (pdf, 10 pages)


The links below signpost to further reading on this campaign topic.

Report: February 2015 The Cabinet Office review of the Social Value Act. Download a copy of the Social Value Act Review (.pdf) and read more on the .gov website.

Report: Money Well Spent? Assessing the cost effectiveness and return in investment of public health interventions. (Local Government Association) Download report

Report: Putting evaluations to use: From measuring to endorsing social value. (Third Sector Research Centre) Download report

Report: Social value summary: Learning from the maximising social value road-shows. (NAVCA) Download report

Report: Measuring social value (Demos) Download report

Report: The ambitions and challenges of SROI (Third Sector Research Centre) Download report

Report: The Code of good impact practice. (Inspiring Impact) Download report

Report: Measuring impact: How can third sector organisations make sense of a rapidly expanding marketplace of tools? (Third Sector Research Centre) Download report

Report: Funders' principles and drivers of good impact practice. (Inspiring Impact). Download report

Report: Funding impact: Impact measurement practices among funders in the UK (New Philanthropy Capital). Download report

Report: Building Social Value in the NHS (NHS Confederation) Download report

Presentation: A presentation on the Social Value Act by Anthony Collins Solicitors at the Locality Conference 2013. Download presentation

Examples of good practice

Below is a collection of just a few examples of good practice happening at a local level in other parts of the country.