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Social Audit Network May 2016

Measuring Social Value - Keeping it simple, practical & useful

Unfortunately, and due to circumstances beyond our control, SAN has decided to postpone this year’s annual gathering until later in the year. This decision was not taken lightly, and all bookings have been refunded immediately. SAN can only apologise for the inconvenience that this postponement will have caused to many people.

Once a new date has been confirmed, this will be publicised via this newsletter, the website, Twitter and Facebook.

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SAN News

Alan Kay is writing a series of blogs. 

‘Lots of people have heard of ‘social accounting and audit’ but they are not sure what it actually is and what it entails.  Rumour often has it that it is complicated and involved.  However, I would argue that it actually is quite simple…

…you re-assert what you, as an organisation, aims to do and how whilst at the same time identifying who you are working with and for;

…you collect information – both quantitative and qualitative – to see if you are meeting your overall purpose;

…you bring all that information together, usually (but not always), into a report; and then…

…you get it independently checked to provide the report with integrity.’

Click here to read the latest blog.  

The previous five blogs - all about social impact - are available on the same site if you scroll down - https://socialauditnetwork.wordpress.com/.



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Guide to Social Enterprise Planning

“Social enterprises do not need business plans, they need social enterprise plans which demonstrate how their social purpose will be achieved, how they will be environmentally responsible and how they will achieve financial sustainability.

The business plan as traditionally understood addresses only a small portion of the needs of a social enterprise."

John Pearce

Social Enterprise in Anytown, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; 2003

CBS Network through their trading arm (JUST the Business) developed and wrote a Guide to Social Enterprise Planning. As CBS Network has been wound up, the Social Audit Network is now selling the Guide for £15 and making a contribution to the Social Enterprise Collection (archive) at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Guide, which only exists in electronic copy, combines the essential elements of business planning with the need for systems to track and account for social change.

The Guide has recently been updated and for further details on purchasing this guide please contact info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk. We will then send this to you, along with the 6 annexes, electronically by email.

See also online at http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/learn-more/social-enterprise-plannning/

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Social value in practice

Social Enterprise UK has launched a new report, an evaluation of social value in three contracts. As part of the Cabinet Office’s Social Value Act: implementation and measurement project, this piece of work focused on learning from the practical implementation of social value for commissioners, from tender decisions to weighting/proportionality to contract/performance management, by reviewing and comparing a number of recent procurement contracts embedding social value. 

The report includes contributions from Shropshire, Halton and Salford’ ‘Being Well’ service, which uses social accounting to report on its outcomes and social value. 

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Greater Manchester Social Value Network – first event

The Greater Manchester Social Value Network (GMSVN) will be hosting a conference on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester between 9.30 and 12.15. The Greater Manchester Social Value Network Conference will:

1)      Give an overview of developments in strategy, policy and practice in “Social Value” in Greater Manchester.

2)      Showcase examples of good practice and be a forum for discussion and learning.

3)      Facilitate networking with other people interested in social value approaches in Greater Manchester.

The event is free to attend (all with an interest in social value welcome) and more information is available and places can be booked at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/greater-manchester-social-value-network-tickets-25055836682 

The purpose of Greater Manchester Social Value Network is:

‘to encourage organisations in every sector to seek relevant social, environmental and economic value from everything they do, including service delivery, commissioning and procurement. Social value considers more than just the financial transaction and includes: happiness; wellbeing; health; inclusion; empowerment; poverty; environment.”

GMSVN achieves this through:

  • collecting information, evidence and examples of Social Value from across Greater Manchester 
  • supporting organisations across all sectors to deliver more effective Social Value policy, practice and outcomes 
  • influencing a range of individuals and organisations across GM to adopt the principles and practices of Social Value

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Social Value in Salford is a new website launched by Salford Social Value Alliance, a cross sector partnership aimed at producing more social value in Salford

Kevin Fenton of Public Health England writes about the opportunity to use the Social Value Act to improve local health and reduce inequalities


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SAN annual gathering postponed

Unfortunately, and due to circumstances beyond our control, SAN has decided to postpone this year’s annual gathering until later in the year. This decision was not taken lightly, and all bookings have been refunded immediately.

SAN can only apologise for the inconvenience that this postponement will have caused to many people.

Once a new date has been confirmed, this will be publicised via this newsletter, the website, Twitter and Facebook.


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Contacts and Coordinators

North East England

Julie Gowland

South East

Barbara Beaton

South Central England

Dave Furze

North West England

Liz Brooks Allen and Anne Lythgoe

West Midlands and East Midlands

Iftikar Karim (until June 2016) and Sean Smith

Yorkshire and Humber

Bernie Speight

South West England

Helen Vines

Northern Ireland

Peter MacCafferty