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SROI Analysis

The SROI analysis is currently a very widely used form of comprehensive impact analysis. In an SROI analysis, an impact model with causal relationships is created for a specific project, programme or organisation. The impacts identified in this way in the individual impact chains are measured and, where possible, monetised. The core approach of the SROI analysis is to compare the impacts of all possible interventions, activities, projects, programmes or organisations, presented as far as possible in monetary units, with the capital invested in them. The result is presented in the form of a highly aggregated indicator, the SROI value. Here, the focus is strongly on the stakeholders who receive a concrete benefit, which in turn triggers impacts.

The SROI analysis - an overview

Further Literature

  • Then, Volker/ Schober, Christian/ Rauscher, Olivia/ Kehl, Konstantin (2017): Social Return on Investment Analysis. Measuring the Impact of Social Investment. Cham: Springer (Palgrave).

  • Maier, Florentine/ Schober, Christian/ Simsa, Ruth/ Millner, Reinhard (2014): SROI as a Method for Evaluation Research: Understanding Merits and Limitations. In: Voluntas. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.


Mag.rer.soc.oec. Olivia Rauscher

Olivia Rauscher

Senior Researcher
Responsibilities: Social Impact Measurements focusing on SROI analysis, evaluation, social inequality, poverty reduction, health promotion and prevention
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