Social Return on Investment: Metrics, Methods, and Market Solutions


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Dr. John Gargani—President, Gargani + Company
Social Return on Investment: Metrics, Methods, and Market Solutions
Wednesday, February 7, 2013
Noon-1pm

I provide an overview of social return on investment (SROI), acting as both champion and critic. SROI may be unfamiliar to many evaluators. It is one of several metrics—borrowed from business, economics, and finance—that quantifies the monetary value of program impacts. Investors are using it to develop new “impact investment” strategies. Policymakers are using it to experiment with public-private funding mechanisms, such as social impact bonds. Should evaluators be using it to demonstrate program effectiveness? That’s the question we will explore together.

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