Here you can find all the publications that HACT has published on work around measuring social impact.
This is a report has been produced following on from our conference 'Social Value in Harder Times' organised in partnership with the Northern Housing Consortium on 21 January 2016.
Published: September 2015
Authors: Daniel Fujiwara, Jim Vine
This research breaks new ground in exploring key issues around homelessness using rigorous statistical methods to place monetary values on the impact of tackling homelessness. A new large longitudinal dataset – Journeys Home – was used, enabling us to assess the impact of moving between different housing statuses on life satisfaction and the effect of accessing support services on housing status.
Published: May 2015
Authors: Lizzie Trotter, Jim Vine, Daniel Fujiwara
In the earlier work, the analysis controlled for the effects of health, calculating values that represented the direct effect of outcomes (such as gaining employment) on people’s wellbeing. However, many outcomes might also improve people’s wellbeing indirectly, by improving their health, which in turn improves their subjective wellbeing.
Published: February 2015
Author: Ben Carpenter
This paper sets out the relationship between Social Return on Investment (SROI) and HACT’s Social Value Bank (and accompanying tools the Value Calculator and Value Insight). The paper aims to clarify some small areas of divergence and promote the strengths of our resource and the compatibility with the SROI approach to measuring and managing social value.
Published: October 2014
Author: Lizzie Trotter
These Practice Notes have been produced to capture and reflect the learning since the launch of the original guidance ‘Measuring the Social Impact of Community Investment: A Guide to using the Wellbeing Valuation Approach’. Please read these Practice Notes and adhere to them when applying the Social Value Bank either through the Value Calculator or Value Insight.
Published: March 2014
Authors: Lizzie Trotter, Jim Vine, Matt Leach, Daniel Fujiwara
This report places robust values on the social impact of community investment activities. It includes values as well as practical guidance on how to apply them to achieve a basic assessment of social value.
Published: March 2014
Author: Daniel Fujiwara (Director of SImetrica and Economist at the London School of Economics)
This paper sets out the methodology and analytical approach underlying HACT’s work on social value. The paper explains the Wellbeing Valuation approach, provides details of the datasets that the analysis draws on, describes the statistical method in technical detail, and introduces the broader theory behind social impact
Published: February 2013
Author: Daniel Fujiwara
As housing providers move from an era of top-down regulation and directed investment towards greater autonomy and diversity of approach, defining social purpose and measuring the extent to which they are achieving impact is becoming increasingly important.
In the summer of 2012, with support from Plus Dane Group and Legal & General, HACT sought to establish robust methodologies and metrics for more effectively evidencing the social impact of housing providers. This research has been carried out by Daniel Fujiwara, a leading academic in the field of well-being valuation, who has been a principal advisor to DWP, HM Treasury, BIS and Cabinet Office in the development of their social impact valuation methodology.
Published: July 2013
Author: Erica Cawood
This report is an 8 page summary of 'The social impact of housing providers' commissioned by HACT and written by LSE Economist Daniel Fujiwara. This summary condences the the main themes and ideas from the full report. Click here to access the full report.
Published: March 2012
Authors: Vanessa Wilkes and Professor David Mullins
This research, undertaken by TSRC and commissioned by HACT, provides an up to date picture of the measurement tools being used by housing organisations to measure the social impact of community investment activities. It shows wide variation in the approaches used.
While there is general recognition of the importance of measuring impact, there are also concerns about cost, approach and potential duplication. The report will enable more sharing of evidence about different approaches to impact measurement and what works in terms of community investment.
Published: 15 March 2012
A shortened summary of the full report which highlights the main research findings of the commissio