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Social Audit Network April 2016

It’s less than two months until SAN’s annual gathering of social accounting and audit devotees – including practitioners, auditors and those with only a small inkling of what social accounting and audit is all about. This year’s event is focussed on making social accounting a simple and practical way of measuring your organisation’s social value. We hope to have a real ideas and knowledge exchange – anyone can take part!

We welcome some great speakers, including Stephen Pennington from Highland Homecarers and Andy Biggs from Traidcraft, who will tell us about their experience – and hopefully give tips for others to follow! Both of these organisations have been using social accounting and audit for many years. Stephen also has a case study of his organisation’s work at the SAN website.

SAN can also now announce that the Big Lottery Fund will be represented at the event, telling delegates about their new approach to ‘doing good’ and why evaluation, measuring social value and social accounting are so important to their work. 


Measuring Social Value 

Keeping it simple, practical & useful

Thursday 9th June 2016

The Box, FarGo Village 

Far Gosford Street 



Event fee: £125 (SAN members £75)

To book your place please contact SAN or call 0151 706 8121


Alan Kay is writing a series of blogs

Alan Kay is writing a series of blogs. 

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Alan’s most recent blog looks at the principles of social impact and, more particularly, social accounting from a historical perspective. Interestingly, in light of the particular focus on social impact from some quarters, the original principles did not include measurability. It was recognised, then as now, that many social aims/objectives are not, certainly in the short term, easily measured.

Alan goes on to propose a new set of principles for social accounting:

Clarifying the true change and purpose that an organisation is working towards


Tracking changes so that comparisons can be made over time and between organisations


Embedding the social impact process and making it central to what the organisation does


Considering more than one view in assessing social value created by an organisation


Demonstrating that data and information used is important and significant


Checking that the interpretation of the change that happens is as true as possible


Involving stakeholders in assessing change that happens


Being open and disclosing what an organisation has achieved or not


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Case Studies

SAN is publishing a new set of case studies of organisations which have embedded social accounting within their organisations. These case studies aim to illustrate how social accounting is used across organisations of differing sizes and from different areas of business. 

The latest case study is from Unlimited Potential, a social enterprise in Salford which specialises in promoting wellbeing and happiness. 

Historically their target customers have been the commissioners in Greater Manchester responsible for public health services aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing.

UP’s original model was to ask Commissioners what issues they needed to address, secure funding to develop innovative solutions, which it then tested and evaluated.

As their reputation for innovation spread UP was invited to run some of the services they had designed, and so it is now both an innovation and a delivery organisation.

This case study is now available through the following links: or

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SAN in the Regions of the UK


SAN is pleased to welcome our new Regional Co-ordinator for North East England; Julie Gowland

Julie has written to SAN saying:

‘I am an experienced professional, with over 20 years in the social housing sector.  I have co-ordinated and written three sets of SAN audited social reports and I am an accredited SROI practitioner.  Key areas I have reported on include work and learning programmes; community development and confidence building programmes; young persons’ homelessness services; older persons’ independent living and wellbeing programmes; ASB perpetrator support including drug, alcohol and mental health rehabilitation support; and volunteering services.

I believe that the benefits of social accounting and audit are to help organisations clearly define their aims and objectives, and to provide a structure for proving that they are meeting these through thorough and transparent stakeholder consultation, to discover the outcomes that have been achieved, which in turn can lead to an improvement in service offers and business strategies.

I have been a member of SAN since 2011, and I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to be SAN Co-ordinator for the North East of England.  I look forward to promoting the benefits of social accounting and audit within the region, and hope to offer support and guidance to any organisation that has an interest. 

Hope to see you all at the conference in June!’ 

Julie is currently establishing herself and hoping to get lots of contacts in the North East. She can be contacted at 

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Other news

Read this Public health matters blog from Kevin Fenton, about why social value will be so important going forward towards improving the population’s health and wellbeing:

The Social Value Act: helping commissioners improve local health and reduce inequalities

‘We know that improving the wider determinants of health – those structural factors that affect the quality of our daily lives, such as access to good quality jobs – will help to improve health and reduce health inequalities for communities. This was a key finding of the Marmot Review, which argued that reducing health inequalities requires action across all the social determinants of health – the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age.’

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SAN Annual Gathering

Measuring Social Value 

Keeping it simple, practical & useful

Thursday 9th June 2016

The Box, FarGo Village 

Far Gosford Street 



Event fee: £125 (SAN members £75)

To book your place please contact SAN or call 0151 706 8121

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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