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Taking Appropriate Measures: Demonstrating the Value of Social Enterprise

Sat, November 19, 8:15 to 9:45am, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Yosemite


How do proponents of social enterprise demonstrate the value of this type of organization? Using the case of REDF, we analyze how these actors created a measurement tool – Social Return on Investment – that provided numerical evidence of social enterprise’s superior blended economic and social value. We show that their ability to develop a measurement tool that reflected the intended value of social enterprise was made difficult by the material nature of the tool, resulting in a discrepancy between the value of social enterprise that proponents aimed to show and the value of social enterprise that ultimately was demonstrated by SROI.


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