Measuring social impact

Making Local Food Work

September 2011

TSRC undertook a project with the Guild, which resulted in an online tool to help social enterprises measure their impact. The research was funded by the Plunkett Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.

The tool can be found here 

Research contact: Fergus Lyon

Measuring Social Value for Citizens Advice

August 2011

TSRC is working with the Guild to conduct a review of measuring social value for Citizens Advice Bureau. As part of this project, a review of recent literature identifies key developments in this area, and identifies challenges that may be faced by Citizen Advice in developing their own measurements of social value. These findings will be fed into recommendations for how Citizens Advice can engage with other research bodies to develop the measurement of social value.


Joining the Dots: Social impact measurement, commissioning from the third sector and supporting social enterprise development

May 2010

Professor Fergus Lyon and Dr Malin Arvidson contributed to this research on measuring social impact. The project was led by consultancy, The Guild and funded by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA)

Research contact: Fergus Lyon

Social investment performance management toolkit for housing associations

March 2010

Innovation and good practice project 2008-2010 with Affinity Sutton Group for Tenant Services Authority.

The role played by social investment activities in building sustainable communities is increasingly recognised by housing organisations. This project scopes the tools available to assess the performance of these activities. Drawing on current practice among Dutch housing associations and English Third Sector bodies, it assembles checklists of tools useful in appraising and prioritising projects, measuring outputs and outcomes and linking social performance to wider corporate goals.

Research contact: David Mullins