Corston Independent Funders Coalition: Building capacity in SROI methodology

Following NEF‘s work on women re-offending, the Corston Independent Funders Coalition appointed NEF Consulting to work closely with five organisations providing support services for women. Their clients may, for instance, be involved in prostitution, or have ongoing drug and alcohol problems. This work forms part of a wider sector case to funders and to government. Recognising the financial challenges faced by this type of organisation, the aim of the project was to build their capacity in each aspect of the Social Return on Investment methodology, from developing a theory of change, to building economic models and reporting findings. The project culminated in a presentation to the Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service and CIFC funders after 12 months that highlighted the importance of wellbeing outcomes.

The project enabled the organisations to continue to evaluate and report the impact of their work, independent of consultancy support.