Innovation Forum 2: What is Social Impact Measurement?

In this forum, Dr Alex Nicholls, from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford, delivered a presentation on Social Impact Measurement.

In the delivery of social innovations that benefit individuals, families and communities, it is increasingly import to be able to demonstrate social impact to key stakeholders and to create social value. Social impact measurement will grow in significance as the pressure to efficiently address evermore complex issues with decreasing resources grows. This workshop provided the opportunity for local firms to discuss how they, know and show, they’re making a real difference. Topics that were discussed included:

  • Why outcomes and impact measurement is so important
  • What tools are available and how to use them
  • How other organisations are measuring their outcomes and impacts

Background of speaker

Alex Nicholls has been a lecturer in social entrepreneurship at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford, since 2004. He is the co-editor of the book 'Blurring Boundaries to Reconfigure Markets'. He is currently leading a comparative transnational study of the politics of social entrepreneurship and innovation, looking at several levels of political and social action.

His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship, including: the interface between the public and social sectors; organisational legitimacy and governance; the development of social finance markets; and impact measurement and innovation. He is widely published in peer reviewed journals and has undertaken consultancy work for not-for-profits, social enterprises, and the UK government. He is also a Non-Executive Director of a major Fair Trade company.

This forum was held on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

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