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ERIC Number: ED561996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools: A Case Study
Martinez, Laura; Hayes, Cheryl D.
Children's Aid Society
Social return on investment (SROI) offers a new strategy to measure and communicate the value of outcomes achieved by programs that provide social, health, and education services to children and their families. It can be a powerful tool for demonstrating the monetary value of programs and services and for communicating that value in a way that can be understood at a basic economic level. This case study of two community schools operated by The Children's Aid Society in partnership with the New York City Department of Education--PS 5 and Salomé Ureña--provides convincing results. It was prepared using a methodology developed by The Finance Project to help community school leaders measure and communicate the social and economic value of a community school and its programs. This methodology is presented in a companion guide. The findings provide clear quantitative evidence that investments in Children's Aid community schools are making a demonstrable difference in the community. The following are appended: (1) Community School Goals and Outcomes Crosswalk; (2) Data Inventory Worksheet; (3) Impact Maps by Site and Beneficiary; (4) Monetized Benefits; and (5) SROI Deadweight Rationale. [For the companion guide "Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools: A Practical Guide," see ED561996.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Authoring Institution: Children's Aid Society; Finance Project
Identifiers - Location: New York