This policy paper is aimed at policy makers, experts and practitioners with an interest developing effective approaches to assessing social value in the UK. It argues that the needs of social enterprises seeking to enhance their effectiveness, as well as those of public service commissioners required to comply with the Social Value Act, should be in alignment with the extensive work already undertaken by GECES regarding social impact measurement, at EU level and with the G8.

It took eighteen months for leading EU and other experts, stakeholders, and representatives of 28 national governments to produce the GECES framework (explained in this paper). There is a real danger of repeating this long process when looking at commissioning for social value.

This paper suggests that the GECES framework provides a basis for social impact measurement that can bring convergence without over-simplification, and recommends the establishment of a new code of conduct in accordance with this framework.

The full policy paper can be viewed here.

Posted on 17/03/2015 in BWB Publications

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