Social Value

Social Value is about maximising the impact of public expenditure to get the best possible outcomes.

It looks at what is created, and sometimes what is forsaken, through a commissioning process. It is therefore also about what we value in the public realm and is now recognised in legislation through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Social value considers more than just the financial transaction. It includes, amongst many other things:
Happiness ✿ Wellbeing  Health ✿ Inclusion ✿ Empowerment

These types of value often accrue to different people, communities, government departments or organisations to the one paying for it, and are not always easy to measure. This does not mean they should not be considered as part of a commissioning process.

Find out more

Learn about the Social Value Act Blogs and articles on social value
What is this social value thing? Bringing social value to life, learning from public sector commissioners
Social value champions Good practice frameworks, strategies and toolkits from around the country


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