Using Social Value in Decision Making
Using Social Value in Decision Making

Date: 16 March 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Duration: 6 hours

Venue: The Radisson Blu, Durham, DH1 5TA


System Leadership

Leadership Dimensions:


We operate in one of the world’s largest social systems. Why would you not want to know the social impact and value of any improvement you instigate in that system?

Social value is the value that people place on changes they experience in their lives. Some, but not all, of this value is captured in market prices. It is important to consider and measure this social value from the perspective of those affected by an organisation’s work, i.e. staff, patients, service users, communities etc.

Examples of social value might be the value we experience by increasing our confidence or from living a healthier lifestyle. These things are important to us but are not commonly expressed or measured in the same way that financial value is.

It could mean that a mental health service is delivered by an organisation that actively employs people with a history of mental health problems to help deliver the service. The social value of commissioning these services comes through the person with mental health problems having a job where they may otherwise have been unemployed, their becoming more socially included, and having a say in how mental health services are run. It also means a local job for a local person.

This one-day workshop explores all areas of social value and return on social value. Our leadership community in the north east can integrate this new learning into planning, commissioning, delivery and evaluation of all health and care services, and the future change projects undertaken in transforming our services.

By participating in this event you will:

  • Explore the growing social value space and emerging approaches in different sectors
  • Consider the social value act
  • Use a UK drug and alcohol service of an example to contrast how information on social value conflicts with the cost benefit analysis for this service and so how it impacts on decisions about how the service is delivered.
  • Develop a definition of some social value they would like to measure and see how to measure it as the day progresses.

About The Trainer

Tim Goodspeed has been the Training Manager of Social Value UK since 2008. He has a background in economic development and social enterprise. He is an experienced trainer, with over 7 years of experience of training in Social Return on Investment and an Accredited Practitioner. Tim is one of the authors of the Guide to SROI and has written and been involved in many SROIs. He is also a member of the Methodology subcommittee and is actively involved in developing and applying SROI.

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