The SROI analysis is currently a very widespread form of comprehensive impact analysis. As part of an SROI analysis, a causal impact model is created for a specific project, program or organization. The effects identified in the individual impact chains are measured and, where possible, monetized. The core of the SROI analysis is the approach of juxtaposing, as far as possible, monetary effects of all possible interventions, activities, projects, programs or organizations, with the capital invested there. The result is presented in the form of a highly aggregated key figure, the SROI value. In doing so, it focuses heavily on the stakeholders, who receive a concrete service, which in turn triggers effects. The following figure shows this basic relationship.
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Follow-up study on the social and economic benefits of old people's residential and nursing homes in the Austria Federal Province of Burgenland using a SROI analysis
The aim of the study was to outline the social and economic impact of old people's residential and nursing homes. Herefore a monetary evaluation of the effects was conducted. The monetarised effects were compared with the investments in the area of inpatient nursing and care in the framework of a social return on investment analysis. The analysis period was the year 2016. In summary, the study illustrated that old people's residential and nursing homes in Burgenland are very effective.
SROI analysis on the social added value of 27 socially inclusive enterprises in the Austria Federal Province of Lower Austria
The NPO & SE Competence Centre was commissioned by the QUASI (Quality management for socially inclusive enterprises) working group to analyse the social and economic impact of 27 socially inclusive enterprises in Lower Austria by using a SROI analysis. The study gives an overview on the variety of tasks and activities the socially integrative enterprises perform. In addition, it identifies the effects for different stakeholders. An SROI value of 2.10 was determined, which means that every euro invested in socially integrative enterprises creates effects in the monetarised equivalent of 2.10 euros.
SROI analysis on the social added value of a development programme for women in Ginde Beret (Ethiopia)
On behalf of the Essl Foundation, an analysis of the women's programme by Menschen für Menschen in the Washa Catchment in Ginde Beret, Ethiopia, was conducted. The observation period ran from 2011 to 2013. The analysis was carried out using a social return on investment analysis, which aimed to record and evaluate as comprehensively as possible the social added value created by the women's programme of Menschen für Menschen. By comparing the investments with the sum of the monetarised effects, the SROI value was 26.6. This means that every euro invested creates effects in the monetarised equivalent of 26.6 euros.
SROI analysis on the social added value of VKKJ - Responsibility and Competence for Special Needs Children and Adolescents
The NPO & SE Competence Centre was commissioned by the association Responsibility and Competence for Special Needs Children and Adolescents (VKKJ) to analyse the social and economic impact of VKKJ in the Austria Federal Provinces of Lower Austria and Vienna. The association operates nine outpatient clinics for developmental diagnostics, care and treatment of children and adolescents with disabilities and a day care centre for adults with disabilities. The monetarised impacts of the organisations were about 10.7 times as high as the financial investments made.
SROI Analysis for the fire departments in the Austria Federal Province of Upper Austria
The subject of the analysis was the entire fire brigade system in Upper Austria, including the Linz municipal fire brigade, 35 plant fire departments and the auxiliary fire brigades. The by far largest share of the impact is generated by the damage that the fire brigade prevented through their deployments and which benefitted the receivers of the service, with fire deployments – compared to technical deployments – making a decisive contribution in this regard. The SROI value was 10.2.
Study on the social and economic benefits of mobile nursing and care services in Vienna using a SROI analysis
The aim of the analysis was to measure the social and economic impact of the mobile nursing and care services operating in Vienna and to evaluate these in monetary units. The study revealed a SROI value of 3.7, with the greatest added value being generated for hospitals, clients, the general Viennese population and relatives.