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Creating and measuring Social Impact: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities for Social Enterprises

Bush House, Strand Campus , London

3 Sep seuk2019

Creating impact is what social enterprises are all about. It's also crucial for social enterprises to be able to measure and present the impact they make.

Come along to this free event, exclusively for SEUK members, to hear expert panellists discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding impact creation and measurement.

While it sometimes seems that every social enterprise must find its own way, research from KCL reveals some general principles and strategies that set successful social enterprises apart. The panel discussion will begin by introducing different strategies to enhance your social impact and address some key questions: What are the critical levers for creating social impact and stimulating social change?; What are the benefits and challenges of different strategies?; What are the implications for your enterprise’s internal organisation and employees?

The conversation will then move on to discuss how you can best measure and report on the impact of your work. Doing so has many benefits including improved access to finance, productivity gains, process improvements, and higher employee motivation. But measuring social impact is also fraught with challenges. It can often prove to be either too hard, too expensive or sometimes both. Questions arise about impact measurement such as: How do you measure the impact of intangible value drivers? How do you make sense of this data when impact across areas is hard to compare? And how do you really use this information to influence your strategy?

Join us at this event to unpack these questions and to learn about how impact measurement can be used in your organisation as a source of strategic advantage rather than a check-box exercise.

The panel discussion will be followed by the opportunity to network with other SEUK members and share your experience with fellow social entrepreneurs.

Refeshments will be provided.

Agenda

Registration – 5.30pm

Opening Remarks – 6pm

Moderated panel discussion – 6:45pm

Panellists:

  • Ute Stephan, Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s College London
  • Dr Kamini Gupta, Lecturer at King’s Business School
  • Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain and winner of the 2018 Social Enterprise UK Award in the “Prove it: Social Impact” category
  • Recycling Lives, recognised as a UK leader for combining business and charity. Using commercial operations in recycling and waste management to support and sustain charity programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential support and food redistribution.

Audience Q&A – 7.15pm

Networking – 7.30pm

This is a SEUK member only networking event.


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