What is it?

This practical workshop will provide tools and techniques for measuring social and economic impact across arts and culture organisations and businesses that we can use to evidence the value of our work (alongside the personal stories of individuals we use as part of the narrative). Both quantitative and qualitative data are both required to demonstrate this and secure successful commissioning and grant bids, as well as potentially triggering social and philanthropic investment.

We are increasingly being asked to evidence our impact; social impact is a difficult and challenging concept with multiple definitions linked to social value. The Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force on 31 January 2013. It requires people who commission public services to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits.Before they start the procurement process, commissioners should think about whether the services they are going to buy, or the way they are going to buy them, could secure these benefits for their area or stakeholders. The Act is a tool to help commissioners get more value for money. With the Social Value Act likely to be strengthened, social value generation is now more important than ever.

The Social Value Bank was designed to be transferable as much as possible there are a whole range of sectors and organisations making use of the values in the voluntary, private and public sector.


Who’s it for?

This workshop is for Dorset-based creatives who have not yet reached 12 hours of training with The Arts Development Company.

Arts and culture work address many outcomes around social, economic and environmental benefits including health and wellbeing (eg mental and physical health disadvantage), as well as addressing social and economic challenges (social isolation, employability, community cohesion). Dorset organisations are seeking to articulate the value and impact of arts and culture to advocate for this work and lever different and new funding sources including from commissioners.

What you will go away with

Methods and techniques to assess social impact

How to apply the on-line social value calculators for mental health, social and economic benefit measurements 

How to interpret the data you input and articulate this in concise, relevant language for different audiences 

A selection of measurement tools to use in projects

How to decide which questions to ask and what to measure

About your Tutor

James Williams is Head of Social Impact working for HACT, the housing sectors ideas and innovation agency committed to promoting ideas and innovation across the housing sector. HACT offers a variety of programmes, exploring the changing operating environment; they work across sectors to deliver a range of seminars and workshops, masterclass series and conferences.


What to bring

You may wish to bring a laptop or iPad but not essential.

This workshop is free but spaces are limited.

If you are based outside Dorset please call us before booking your place as only Dorset residents qualify for a place.

Please be sure that you let us know your dietary requirements on the Eventbrite Event Registration.



6 June 2019

10:00 – 16:00


Shire Hall

High West Street



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