The Guide to Social Return on Investment

The Guide to SROI provides a clear framework for anyone interested in measuring, managing and accounting for social value or social impact.

This Guide was originally written in 2009 by the UK Cabinet Office. Updated in 2012, it is the result of consultation with practitioners, members, academics and others with an interest in social and environmental value and impact measurement.

The SROI Guide documents can be downloaded as the complete guide (see below), or you can download each chapter indivually in the publications section of the website.

The methodology is still being developed and Social Value International supports a Methodology Sub-Committee which considers and approves developments to the methodology. If you're interested in getting involved in this process, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click on the cover below to download a full copy of the guide as pdf:


guide cover page


We also have the following supplements available, for use alongside the Guide. Click the links to download pdfs:

Supplementary Guidance on Stakeholder Involvement

Supplementary Guidance on Materiality

Supplementary Guidance on Using SROI


For those who just want an initial introduction to SROI, we can recommend the Starting Out on SROI Guide, to be used with the Self Assessment Tool.