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Social Value Report Assurance

Assuring your Social Value Report will give your work a mark of quality and credibility. Submit your report to our Report Assurance service and if it meets the SVI report assurance standard the report becomes ‘assured’ and the below statement can be attached to the report.

The report shows a good understanding of, and is consistent with, the Social Value Principles and process. Assurance here does not include verification of stakeholder engagement, data and calculations.

View Assured Reports in the Report Database

Download the Assurance Standard

What support can I get to help my report become assured?

  1. Peer Support: As a member of SVI you are encouraged to gain support from other members through regional meetings, LinkedIn groups, webinars and slack channels.
  2. Assurance Standard Checklist: The Report Assurance standard is available in a checklist format for you to use as you produce your report. Download it here.
  3. Report Review Service: Submit any report to Social Value UK and feedback is provided on where the report shows good application of the Social Value Principles and areas in which it needs improving if it is to meet the assurance criteria.
  4. SVUK mentoring packages: Social Value UK provide a mentoring service that offers intense 1-2-1 coaching. NB: if a report has been produced with help from this mentoring service, it is not possible for it to be part of an individuals application for accredited practitioner status.

What is Report Assurance?

Assurance is more than just a rubber-stamping exercise. It is also a learning process designed to help you improve the way you measure impact. During the process your analysis will be independently checked by our qualified assessors. They will check that a report shows good understanding of Social Value principles and practice. For an SROI report this means that principle #3 “value what matters” requires the use of financial proxies. However any social value/impact report can be tested against the Social Value principles. Assurance is a principles based assessment. It does not include verification of stakeholder engagement, data and calculations.

Before you apply

  • Have you read the Assurance Standard?
  • Have you seen our Pre-Report Assurance Outcomes Check Service?
  • Have you prepared your supporting documents?
  • Download the Assurance Standard here.

Supporting documents required to apply for Report Assurance are:

  • A complete Word (or similar) version of the report to be assured, including any appendices and with all references to the author removed
  • A complete Excel (or similar) version of the impact map used as the basis of the analysis with all references to the author removed
  • Evidence of permission to submit the report from the relevant organisations
  • A signed copy of the terms and conditions of application available from our website here.

Pre-Report Assurance Outcomes Check Service

The Pre-Report Assurance Outcomes Check Service provides a critique of the practice that has been undertaken to define the outcomes of your analysis. This should be undertaken before the full analysis and report have been completed.

Learn more about the Pre-Report Assurance Outcomes Check Service here.

COVID-19 and application of Principle 1: Involve Stakeholders

Social Value International have been working to respond to the implications for the application of Principle 1: Involve Stakeholders during the current Covid-19 global health pandemic.

The pandemic has seen communities across the globe having to physically distance from one another. This has direct implications for Practitioners of Social Value and SROI analysis who are committed to involving stakeholders in any assessment of the social value that is created or forecast to be created through an activity. 

Issues identified include:

  1. Mixed levels of stakeholder involvement. Adequate levels of stakeholder involvement have taken place in the process of defining outcomes and amounts of change however the analyst still requires data on value and/or causality.
  2. Biases towards those with internet access. Covid-19 restrictions are limiting stakeholder involvement to those with internet access only
  3. Lower response rates. Engagement with stakeholders is limited, response rates are lower than usual due to the conditions created by Covid-19

In collaboration with the SVI Reporting and Assurance Technical Committee, the SVI team have drafted this response, with a particular focus on the implications these limitations could have on reports achieving assurance, and Practitioners gaining accreditation.  

If an analysis has no stakeholder engagement at all it cannot be assured. However, it is recognised that these are unprecedented times with difficult working conditions across the world, and stakeholder engagement has new challenges.

Please read the advice for Practitioners in full here.

When can I submit a report for assurance?

You can submit an application during a standard assurance and accreditation round (a two week period in which we receive many applications). The following rounds are scheduled:

Assurance ServiceRound OpensRound Closes
Social Value Management Certificate30th November 202011th December 2020
Report Assurance18th January 202129th January 2021
Level 1 Associate Practitioner Results25th January 202129th January 2021
Level 2 Accredited Practitioner8th February 202119th February 2021
Level 3 Advanced Practitioner8th February 202119th February 2021
Social Value Management Certificate8th March 202119th March 2021
Report Assurance12th April 202123rd April 2021
Level 1 Associate Practitioner Results19th April 202123rd April 2021
Level 2 Accredited Practitioner10th May 202121st May 2021
Level 3 Advanced Practitioner10th May 202121st May 2021
Social Value Management Certificate7th June 202118th June 2021
Report Assurance5th July 202116th July 2021
Level 1 Associate Practitioner Results12th July 202116th July 2021
Level 2 Accredited Practitioner6th September 202117th September 2021
Level 3 Advanced Practitioner6th September 202117th September 2021
Social Value Management Certificate27th September 20218th October 2021
Report Assurance18th October 202129th October 2021
Level 1 Associate Practitioner Results25th October 202129th October 2021
Level 2 Accredited Practitioner8th November 202119th November 2021
Level 3 Advanced Practitioner8th November 202119th November 2021
Social Value Management Certificate6th December 202117th December 2021

As the standard report assurance round is open, you can apply using the button below.

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Fast-Track applications

Alternatively, you can use the Fast-Track service. This means you can apply at any time of the year. To apply for Fast-Track report assurance, please contact the assurance team to discuss timelines using the button below.

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