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Social value frameworks, guides, metrics and other helpful tools and resources

Navigating the complex landscape of social value can often be overwhelming without the right tools.

That’s why we’ve gathered the most frequently used social value frameworks, actionable guides, critical metrics, and beneficial resources into one easy-to-use chart, designed to assist social value champions in charting a strategic path forward.

Written by: Nil Khalifa

Get to grips with the social value frameworks and resources available with our easy-to-follow guide. Uncover the metrics, tools, and resources that can turn your organisation into a force for social good.

OrganisationDepthKey themesSector
B4SI FrameworkFramework and guidanceGlobal standards that organises social activities under three pillars—inputs, outputs, and impactsAll sectors
B Impact AssessmentEvaluation toolholistic tool used by businesses to measure and manage their social and environmental impact as part of B Corp Certification.All sectors
Better Buildings PartnershipGuidanceSocial value checklistBuilt environment/ Property management
GRI StandardsFramework and guidanceGlobal standards for impact reporting and sustainability All sectors
HM Treasury Green Book – WELLBYFramework and guidanceguidance on how to include wellbeing in monitoring and evaluation in line with the requirements of the Green BookAll sectors
IRIS+ System | StandardsMetricsFree impact accounting system offered by GIINImpact investing
MeasureUpCalculatorFree valuation measurement tool offered by Impact ReportingAll sectors
National TOMs FrameworkCalculatorSkills and employment, Business growth, Community and environment 
Built environment
NPCFramework and guidanceCharity-focused tools for improving outcomes and impactsCharities
New Economic Foundation (NEF) GuidanceWellbeing, Environmental sustainability Built environment
Portland Group – Total Value IndexIndexMulti-sector Social Value Index All sectors
SCAPE Construction frameworksCalculatorJobs, Growth, Social, Environment, Innovation Built environment
Scottish Futures TrustCalculatorSocial impact calculatorPublic sector
Social Audit Network – Guide to Social AccountingGuidanceFacilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit Social economy and voluntary sectors 
Social Value Model / Procurement Policy PPN 06/20Framework and guidanceDeliver social value through the government’s commercial activitiesPublic sector
Social Value UK – SROI Value MapGuidanceValue mapAll sectors
Social Value UK – Theory of ChangeFrameworkLogic modelAll sectors
Supply Chain Sustainability SchoolGuidanceSocial, Environmental, Economic  Built environment
UK GGBCFramework and guidance
Membership-led industry network Social, Environmental, and Economic  
Built environment
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)Framework and guidance17 goals including sustainability, environmental, equality and diversity All sectors