Introduction to the Social Audit Network and ILM Endorsed

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Transcript Introduction to the Social Audit Network and ILM Endorsed

Social Audit Network
Accounting for Social Value
Bradford VCS Assembly
Feb 2013
Social Value
What is Social Value
• “additional benefit to the individual or
community from a
commissioning/procurement process over
and above the direct purchasing of goods,
services and outcomes.” NHS
Social Value
• "social value refers to wider impacts of
organisations and interventions, including
the wellbeing of individuals and
communities, social capital, local economy
and the environment. These are typically
described as 'soft' outcomes, mainly
because they can be difficult to quantify
and measure.”
Social Value Act
• White Paper “Improving the accountability
of policy and spending decisions in terms
of the full social value they create will be
increasingly important to improve the way
in which public decisions are made”
• “Councils should have the flexibility &
freedom to consider overall value rather
than only cost in their spending decisions”
Social Audit Network
• The Social Audit Network (SAN)
– membership organisation
– facilitates the exchange of information and
experience around social impact measurement and
social value – monthly newsletter
– offers an effective qualitative and quantitative
measurement framework
– offers training and development opportunities
– SFEDI Accredited as Business Improvement Tool
Social Impact & Social Value
• Positive and negative changes happen as a result of your
organisations activities – Important for you to know
• Social, environmental or economic effects - triple
bottom line
• What value do these impacts bring to the local
• More than a quick fix, so beware new found
enthusiasms, not a panacea, but a way of being
Social Value Act
Why This? and Why Now?
• Scrutiny around public spending
• Legislation – Applies to contracts over EU Threshold
£173,934 OPS or £113,057 CG
• Investment readiness - £150bn per annum in public
sector procurement contracts
• Team morale
• Simple storytelling
Social Value and Procurement
• Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
• Evidence requirement – raise the debate above price vs.
• What will social value look like for you?
• How will you know what social value you can offer?
• How can you support its development?
• How will you know when its been successfully
commissioned and delivered?
Influencing Factors
Growing engagement with the social enterprise sector
Supply chain resilience and diversity – mixed economies
Localism – keeping more £ in your area
Local employment
Pay differentials –20 times between lowest and
highest?? £12K vs. £240K
• Minimum wage vs. Living wage - £6.19 vs. £7.45
How to Evidence Social Value
• Variety of tools and techniques:
Social Accounting and Audit
Social Return on Investment
Local Multiplier 3
Balanced Scorecard
Social Accounting and Audit
a proven logical and flexible framework which
enables organisations to build on existing
documentation and reporting systems and
develop a process so that you can…
Prove! - account fully for and report on your organisation’s
social, environmental and economic performance and
Account! – be accountable to all those you work with and
work for and..
Improve! – provide the information essential for planning
strategic development, sustainability through improving
Social Accounting
& Strategic Planning
• Social Accounting enables your business to:
– Hear your customers voice
– See the good, the bad and the ugly of your service
– Re-configure services based upon evidenced need
rather than perceived wisdoms/assumptions
– Make some intelligent purchasing decisions based
upon social and economic benefit
Our approach:
Clarify your purpose
Define the scope/boundaries
Engage stakeholders – creative consultation approaches
Determine materiality
Make comparisons – benchmarking and stretch
Be transparent – produce a readable document - social accounts
Verify accounts – add challenge - Social Audit Panel
Embed the process – build internal capacity and capability
What Next?
• No man is an island – get a team!
• Initiate some strategic thinking – MVOA, Culture and
• Tool selection and Trade-offs
• Consultation plan
• Learn from others - SAN members
Engage in Pre-Tender
• Engage with LA Procurement &
• Develop your evidence base
• Look at collaboration with other VCS to
tender for larger contracts
Bernie Speight
[email protected]
Thank you