The Social Evaluator
The social evaluator is an online platformthat supports the use of SROI. The SROI Network has been working with social evaluator to make the platform consistent with the principles and methodology as set out in the Guide to SROI.
The social e-valuator tool offers practitioners two options for preparing and managing SROI analyses. Firstly, one may obtain a single login code for preparing an SROI analysis of one project or organisation. Secondly, the social e-valuator offers a management account that allows to create up to a 100 unique SROI analyses. The management account enables custom configuration of sets of stakeholders and indicators, while single login codes can only use the pre-set standards. In addition, a license to the management account includes helpdesk support, and access to specific social e-valuator workshops plus an annual seminar.
A 30-day trial account is available to members of The SROI Network.
One of the barriers to using SROI has been access to a software solution that provides a systematic approach to pulling together the information you need for your social return analysis. Information for an SROI will come from data on outcomes, valuations and information on benchmarks that relate to your stakeholders. Social evaluator brings this information together for you and provides access to case studies and examples to help you as you go along.
Whilst there is a reporting function within social evaluator, social evaluator reports on the information you have entered and you will need to take care on how this is then presented in ways that are relevant to your audience and purpose. If you are seeking to have your SROI report assured, social evaluator will not, on its own, provide enough information in its current version to permit assurance. Separate guidance for this is being developed.
There are a number of differences between the Guide to SROI and social evaluator. These are set out in detail here.
In summary the main differences are:
If you are using the Social Evaluator is it possible to go for Assurance?
Yes you can. However in making this decision you will need to take account of the SROI Guidance Note which you can find on the website of the social evaluator: http://www.socialevaluator.eu/WhatisSROI.aspx.
You also still need to comply with the requirements of the Assurance process and the information available to members of the SROI Network: Assurance of reports and members wishing to apply for Accredited Practitioner status.