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SROI Analysis "Nachbarinnen in Wien" (Get Active Social Business Award Winner Project 2013)

According to its own description, the overarching goal of the "Nachbarinnen in Wien" project is to integrate withdrawn women with a migration background and their families into society and to enable them to better connect to the social, health and education system.

This should give them a better attitude towards life and freedom in their actions. To achieve this, women from different cultural backgrounds are empowered to carry out outreach social work and are trained as "neighbours". They visit migrant families in their familiar surroundings, offer family work and inform them about previously unused services offered by the City of Vienna. Other activities include: the organisation of German courses, information lectures as part of "educational breakfasts", cultural events and tutoring for children. "Nachbarinnen in Wien" was the winner of the "Ideas against poverty" initiative in 2013.

During the observation period in 2014, a total of 210 women and families were accompanied by 16 neighbours over a period of several months. Their activities ranged from accompanying women to doctors or public offices, to counselling or interpreting at the families' homes, to referring women or family members to relevant agencies for further support or information. In addition, an average of 50 women attended at least one of the 18 educational breakfast events and received information on health or educational topics. Almost 300 children and adults also took advantage of the offer and took part in the museum tours or city walks organised by the project, learning something new and expanding their knowledge about their district or Vienna. More than 80 children took advantage of the tutoring offered in the 2013/14 school year. In almost 2,000 hours, 66 learning assistants helped them to improve their grades or even to move up from special school to mainstream school. Due to such a broad field of activity, the impact of the project on the various target groups is diverse. These range from empowerment and broadening knowledge and horizons, to getting to know other cultures, raising awareness of their life situations, improving their school performance and thus a more relaxed family life, to name but a few.

If the total impact generated of € 1,219,093 is compared with the investment of € 264,430, the resulting social return on investment value is 4.61. This means that every euro invested creates a monetised equivalent value of € 4.61. The evaluation was carried out using a social return on investment (SROI) analysis, the aim of which is to assess the added social value created by the project as comprehensively as possible.

The method aims to explicitly measure the social impact of the project in addition to the financial impact. This analysis is based on the model of the NPO&SE Competence Centre and the CSI Heidelberg (Schober/ Then, 2015), which basically means that the most important stakeholders and their objectives must be identified at the beginning. The input invested is then compared with the output achieved and the outcome per stakeholder in an impact value chain. The outcome must then be adjusted for those effects that would have occurred anyway (deadweight). Finally, the impact must be translated into suitable indicators and backed up with data in order to calculate the SROI value.

Mag.rer.soc.oec. Selma Sprajcer

Selma Sprajcer

Senior Researcherin
Responsibilities: Themen im Bereich Menschen mit Behinderung und Barrierefreiheit, Freiwilligenarbeit, Zivilgesellschaft, wissenschaftliche Begleitung von Projekten