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Christian Grünhaus (former Schober) at the symposium Early Assistance (Nov 28, 2017, Leibnitz)

Christian Grünhaus in Leibnitz at the symposium

On November 28, 2017, Christian Grünhaus (former Schober) gave a lecture at the symposium "Early Help" in Seggau Castle. In the context of the topic "Prevention pays off. The social added value of projects with a preventive character", he gave an introduction to essential aspects of impact measurement and a closer look at two selected case studies.

The presented studies on the association "Grow Together" and on the Kolping mother-child facilities show the strongly preventive character of both programmes. The resulting findings confirm the central statement of the literature on early intervention: The earlier preventive measures are applied, the higher and more sustainable is the savings potential regarding follow-up costs (see e.g. Diefendorfer et al. 2005, Meier-Gräwe et al. 2008).

In addition, the two SROI analyses show that early intervention not only enables considerable savings to be made, but also creates long-term economic and social added value. Thus, in the long run, the stakeholder group of children and young people is the main beneficiary of early intervention. This becomes particularly clear when comparing the short and long-term monetarised profits: limited to the year of analysis, Grow Together has created a social return of 2.51 for every euro invested. This compares to an SROI value of 22.04 when extrapolating the impacts that the children benefit from over their lifetime. The monetarized profits of the Kolping mother-child facilities vary to a similar extent in the short and long-term scenario: From the original SROI value of 5.11 for each invested Euro in the year under review, this value rises to 21.40 in the long run. The children benefit from impacts such as a sustainable improvement of their physical and mental state of health, the stabilization of their family situation as well as the reduction of the risk of poverty.

Further information on the study "Grow Together", download study report and presentation

Further information on the study "MUKIs of Kolping in Vienna", download study report and presentation

Website Early Assistance Intervention

Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Christian Grünhaus

Christian Grünhaus

Academic Director, Senior Researcher (prev. Schober)
Responsibilities: Work and research focus: Evaluation, SROI analyzes, financing, donation behavior, job satisfaction and motivation, care for the elderly, care for the disabled and accessibility