THE VALUE OF PERSONAL GROWTH: A SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT ANALYSIS OF THE INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH COURSE
AUTHORS: LERLEEN WILLIS, MAI MUSTAPHANIN, JOHN SKINNER, FREDERIKE GARBE, & ELISE GILWHITE.
SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL, JULY 2014
The South Yorkshire Public Health SROI development programme took place in 2013/14 and was funded by CLAHRC-SY and supported by colleagues from Scharr, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. Its aim was to provide 4 groups of public health practitioners from Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield with the skills to conduct an in-house social return on investment evaluation on a project of their choice. Social Return on Investment (SROI) provides a structured approach to analysing both the impact and return on investment of programmes whose outcomes are not normally measured in financial terms.
The Sheffield project team analysed the impact and return on investment of the Introduction to Community Development and Health Course (ICDH) which runs in the most deprived communities of Sheffield.
Key outcomes of the course:
It builds confidence, self-efficacy, improves mental and physical wellbeing and enables learners to become more involved in their communities. Learners volunteer more, undertake further learning and development, and a significant number of long-term unemployed participants find paid work up to 2 years after completing the course.
Return on Investment:
The SROI ratio for ICDH courses during 2011-2012 was 14 1. This means that for every £1 invested in ICDH courses, £14 of additional value was created for each year analysed.