Here, Adam summarises his proud achievement:
A year can pass by quickly but this last year seems to have taken longer for me than usual. Partly because I’ve had my head in SROI: Social Return on Investment. However, I’m glad to announce that this week I have successfully gained my Social Value International Level 3 Advanced Practitioner status.
This means I’ve shown an advanced understanding and skills in the practical application of social impact and social value assessment. It’s a rigorous process to achieve this level.
It has included a single-handed SROI (Social Return on Investment) evaluation – on the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing, an entirely volunteer-run organisation helping people learn to ring church bells. I learnt to ring there and have returned as a volunteer helper, then analyst and now evaluator. That report was externally assessed and I’ve also had to undertake an interview. No wonder the whole process has taken a full year to complete.
For me, it’s about demonstrating strong skills in using SROI and a commitment to helping our clients show the social value and social impact they deliver. Ultimately, it’s about creating even better services, projects and programmes, delivering more social good to communities and society at large.
We’re already onto our next SROI study at M·E·L Research, into Steps to Work’s BRIDGES project, aiming to tackle poverty and social inclusion in the Black Country. There’s another one or two SROI evaluations in the pipeline too, so watch this space.