Find out what happened in our social value workshops last month, delivered by Rob Wolfe from CHY Consultancy.
month we were joined by Rob Wolfe from CHY Consultancy, who led two workshops
for our Communities members on social value and developing a social value
CHY Consultancy offers strategies for organisations to consider the impact socially
of their actions, in particular within the built environment.
members from Jane Simpson Access, Renaisi Transitions, Building Heroes, Mates
in Mind, STEMPoint East, Bounce Back, BuildForce, MOBIE and Neurodiversity in
Planning took part in the sessions.
first session, Rob defined what social value is, and how it can be measured. He
described social value as a holistic impact on people's lives. CHY defines
social value as: "meeting the current needs of our industry and the
communities in which we work; improving the quality of life for generations to
highlighted the emergence of tools to measure social value, such as the Social
Value Model from the government and the National TOMs framework, while setting
out criteria for a social value project. He explained the merits of measuring
success both quantitively and qualitatively.
stressed the need to articulate social value in a clear and consistent way to
stakeholders through specific themes including output, impact and investment.
He explained that evaluating the social return on investment is considered
second session saw the Communities members discuss the challenges specific to
their organisations, and how they may qualitatively and quantitatively measure
their social value. Rob shared with the group a social impact plan template,
which details the KPIs that local authorities seek to measure as part of their
own social impact strategies. He also shared a tool to map social outcomes from
a project, which breaks down each requirement so it is easy to see how much
social value is produced.
Communities members who took part said the sessions were "really, really
informative," with one participant adding "Many
things you said resonated with me, particularly that this is about value added,
not mitigating impacts associated with the development."