Tools for Tackling the Social Value Landscape



Anshula ChowduhryChief Executive Officer, Social Asset Measurements

Marlon van DjikManaging Director, Social E-valuator




Social value measurement can be a minefield, especially for people new to the sector.  Thankfully, software tools have been developed to help people navigate through the process, not only to offer support and clarification but also to ensure the techniques are rigorous and consistent.

Join the speakers in this session to learn more about two leading software solutions and how they have been used to tackle problems in real life case studies.

PowerPoint Presentations:


CHANGE : Shared Value and CSR

CHANGE Total Impact Measurement and Management

Session summary:


1. Why are organisations not taking enough account of social value?

In this highly practical session from Anshula Chowdury and Marlon van Dijk, both creators of software that aids and enables the SROI process, discussed why organisations are not taking enough account of social value. The two key points arising were that they think it takes too much time and money (i.e. there is no efficient way to do it), and there are currently no competencies to collect ‘good’ data from stakeholders.


2. What’s the solution?

For Anshula and Marlon, a large part of the solution to this problem was to provide software solutions in which you can easily collect and manage data over time – the software can then be used to provide a timeline for data collection, using different levels of benchmarking. Another technological solution was to use innovative ways, such as apps, to collect data from stakeholders.


3. What’s your organisation doing?

Both speakers have come up with their own software solutions for collecting and managing data about social impact. Some difficulties within the software itself was how to allow for differing levels of rigour and different types of data. Another potential pitfall with this software was the challenge of using different financial proxies and valuation methods – these questions are very dependent on the data collection method and context – it’s very difficult to create a ‘one size fits all’ tool.

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