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What is Social Value and SROI?

We’re all in the for-purpose sector to make a positive impact; but how do you know if you’re actually achieving that goal?

Social Value and Social Return on Investment (SROI) is an internationally recognised framework for understanding, measuring and valuing social, economic and environmental outcomes. It is a stakeholder-driven evaluation, blended with cost-benefit analysis, tailored for the social sector.

It not only tells the story of how change is being created – it places a monetary value on that change and compares it against the costs to achieve it.

Upcoming training dates

Learn from leaders in the field

SVA is the premier provider of accredited Social Value and SROI training courses in Australia, with over ten years of experience delivering training and designing SROI evaluations for clients spanning the social, private, public and philanthropic sectors.

As opinion leaders in the Social Value and SROI space, our work over the last decade has raised the profile of outcomes-based measurement across the Australian for-purpose sector.

Learn from leaders in the field

Dynamic training from expert practitioners

Our trainings are directed by Simon Faivel, co-Chair of Social Value International, the governing body behind Social Value and SROI, and Founding Chair of SIMNA, the Australian arm of SVI.

Simon brings an unparalleled depth of knowledge, infectious enthusiasm, and passion to help others better understand, measure and value their impact.

Dynamic training from expert practitioners

Hands-on from day one

These are not a ‘stand and deliver’ courses. Throughout the training you will be learning as you apply the principles to real-life examples that you bring to the table.

Executives, investors, managers, evaluators, consultants and more have applied their new knowledge and understanding immediately to different aspects of their work, from the strategic through to the operational.

Hands-on from day one

Insights and publications

SROI revolution or evolution?

SROI revolution or evolution?

Increased sophistication in valuing outcomes has put SROI at the forefront for how society can better account for what really matters.

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Seven pitfalls in outcomes measurement

Seven pitfalls in outcomes measurement

What are the common things that go wrong when setting up an outcomes measurement approach?

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Getting the most out of SROI

Getting the most out of SROI

How do you choose the best approach to apply the SROI framework, or use its principles?

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Extended benefits of an SROI

Extended benefits of an SROI

How can ensure you’re getting all the benefits from an SROI analysis?

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Select case studies of our work

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities

We evaluated RMHC's programs across Australia using an SROI methodology to determine the socio-economic returns for all stakeholders.

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Dept. Prime Minister & Cabinet

Dept. Prime Minister & Cabinet

We conducted three SROI forecast analyses to understand, estimate and value the impact of Indigenous Broadcasting Services.

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Registration details

Our Melbourne and Sydney training dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

If you need to enquire about a Social Value or SROI project, please contact us.

Frequently asked questions

What does the training cover?

  • History, philosophy and principles of SROI and social value
  • Practical work on a real-world example
  • Build an impact map to determine the scope, stakeholders, inputs and outputs of your example
  • Map, evidence and value your outcomes
  • Learn about different valuation techniques
  • Understand the assurance and accreditation requirements
  • Discuss broader implications of SROI for your work

How much does the training cost?

If you register up to four weeks prior to the first day of training you can secure a 10% discount Early Bird rate. If you work at a not-for-profit organisation, you also automatically receive an additional 25% discount on the training fee for both full-price and early bird tickets.

Early Bird: $1,760
Standard: $1,936

To discuss these options, or for any other enquiries, please contact us.

Is this course accredited?

Yes. Our courses are accredited by Social Value International and counts towards your accreditation as a social value or SROI practitioner.

What do prior attendees say?

We regularly hear back from past trainees about how beneficial their experience was. In particular we often hear how much they valued applying real-life examples to enhance their learning. Watch the video below to hear about the experiences of some of the attendees at our 2019 training in Melbourne.

Will I be an accredited practitioner after completing this course?

No. After this training, you can become an accredited Social Value or SROI practitioner by being a member of Social Value International or an affiliated national network, such as the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA), and completing a Social Value or SROI analysis and report that is assured by Social Value International.

Social Value UK has further information about becoming an accredited Social Value or SROI practitioner.

How do I continue to learn about Social Value and SROI after the training?

As a part of the training fee, you will get a one year membership to SIMNA. This is Australia’s premier network for social impact measurement. You will also gain member access to Social Value International!

How can I book a training session?

View the registration details section to for information on upcoming trainings. Alternatively, reach out to us to make an enquiry.