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: 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.
- Social Value: A Commissioning Framework, Lessons from Lambeth (pdf, 52 pages)
- Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (pdf, 4 pages)
- Knowsley Council - Social Value Statement (pdf, 2 pages)
- East Sussex: A case study of putting social value and commission into practice (pdf, 10 pages, by NAVCA)
- Inspiring and Creating Social Value in Croydon: A Social Value Toolkit for Commissioners (pdf, 60 pages)
- Oldham Social Value Procurement Framework (pdf, 10 pages)
- Toby Eccles: Invest in social change (TED talks video, 10 mins)