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Measuring Social Return on Investment (SROI) and CES Annual General Meeting
Wed, 31 May 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST
This workshop is being subsidized by CES-SK to allow members to attend at a discounted rate. The workshop is a face-to-face session in Regina - only the AGM is available by teleconference.,
If you wish to become a CES member, please go to http://evaluationcanada.ca/why-become-member When your membership is completed, you may register as a member.
CES- Saskatchewan's AGM will occur over the noon hour - there is no charge to attend only the AGM but you must register.
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2017 noon
Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a method for measuring and communicating a broad concept of value that incorporates social, environmental and economic impacts. It is a way of accounting for the value created by our activities and the contributions that made that activity possible” (source unknown, 2017)
During the workshop, you will learn how to identify outcomes that are associated with your program. Outcomes for social programs might be “reduced admission to hospital emergency departments for stress induced mental health crisis”. In a typical program evaluation, you would report the change in number of admissions for clients in the program. In an SROI you would estimate the cost of the admission (nurses time, doctors time, emergency ward facilities, care givers time, waiting time, hospital bed time, etc..) and compare it to the cost of delivering the program to a typical participant.
In a crime prevention program, you would estimate the reduced frequency of police contact. For example, the participant had 4 contacts a year prior to the program and 1 contact a year after the program. In an SROI, the cost of contact with police (officer time (wages) , police car, dispatch system time) for an average incident involving 2 officers for 1 hour would be calculated (perhaps using publicly available data on police salaries, vehicle operations expenses, etc) and compared to the cost of delivering the program.
This yields an estimate of dollars saved for dollars invested.
In our workshop, we will work through a number of examples and provide you with the opportunity to use your own examples. We will also provide links to SROI calculators and other resources to be used for this purpose. You will learn how to set up your program to calculate an SROI.
This workshop is intended for individuals with an intermediate level of evaluation expertise. All are welcome to attend, however the training will be delivered at an intermediate level.
Harry Cummings is the Director of HCA Harry Cummings and Associates Inc. Harry has Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from Clark University and a B.A. Honours from Western. He is a Registered Professional Planner and a long time member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, currently in the position of President.
His experience includes international rural development and project management of large interdisciplinary rural development projects. In Canadian and international contexts, he has also worked on rural-urban issues including migration, land use and regional planning. His urban planning experience includes water conservation, retail planning, transportation planning, industrial planning, economic and financial analysis and zoning and severance issues. He has experience in Canada, USA, Poland, Ethiopia, Malawi all of Southeast Asia, India, Nepal Turkey, Portugal and Panama. His specialty areas include economic impact assessment, evaluation, economic impact of agriculture, survey and research methods. He has managed over 75 major consulting projects with budgets as high as $40 million and as many as 40 staff.
Harry was a full professor at the School of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph until 2016. He has supervised over 120 graduate students and taught graduate courses in Regional Economics, Program Evaluation, Community Economic Development and Research Methods.
For additional information, contact Kristin Gushuliak, Professional Development Chair by email (email@example.com) or phone (cell 306-533-0382).
The workshop will proceed pending minimum registration. A final decision to cancel the workshop will be made by the CES Saskatchewan Chapter Executive. You will receive a reminder notice on May 22, 2017.
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