Descriptions of Trainings
Skilled Impact Analysis
*The course is a prerequisite for the SVI Certificate in Skilled Impact Analysis
Purpose: Participants in this course will receive an introduction to social and environmental impact analysis - that is, how to understand real impact through reported information about impact. Various fields - including accounting, economics, evaluation, finance, environmental science, social science and social entrepreneurship - have developed methods to help understand and account for the social and environmental impact of private business, investment, non-profit, and governmental activities. This course presents a framework for skilled impact analysis that contains practices and insights distilled from these fields.
- Know what constitutes a sound analysis of impact
- Understand, interpret, and critique information on the social and environmental impact of investments, grants and enterprises
- Know what to ask for from providers of impact information
Audience: The course is designed to help those who make investments, grants or donations assess the social and environmental impact of the activities they fund through information about it that is reported to them.
- Gain confidence in decisions about how to align time and money with values
- Avoid falling prey to “greenwashing”
- Reduce impact risk
- Prepare for the SVI Certificate Exam in Skilled Analysis
Length: One-day course with materials to review before and after
For further information about the course framework, click here.
Impact Management Basics
Purpose: This workshop will teach you how to manage your social value. Even better; no matter the size of your organization and resources, or those of your beneficiaries, impact management can be both feasible and a real value-add for your organization and can drive great cost savings and organizational change. This workshop on impact management is designed to unveil the do’s and don’ts of impact measurement and to equip you with all you need to know about the implementation and management of social impact.
- Learn how managers justify the up-front costs of sustainability and impact initiatives to higher-ups
Understand key terms and concepts used in measurement and management of impact
Know common risks and pitfalls in impact management, and how to avoid them
Audience: The training is designed for practitioners in the field of impact assessment, or with an understanding of the basics of impact measurement. Former participants ranged from grant officers, advisors in philanthropy (banking, family offices), investment managers, foundations and NGO staff, to academic institutions. This mix is a unique opportunity to connect and learn from each other in the pursuit of more effective societal impact.
Benefits: Gain confidence to implement your impact initiative, and connect with peers working to implement their own initiatives.
Intro to SROI
Purpose: Our Introduction to SROI courses are designed for people who would like to know more about Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis and how it can help them. The Intro course can act as good preparation for the 2-day SROI Practitioner course, or as a standalone piece for people interested to know more about SROI. There are three intro sessions outlined below.
Session 1 – What is SROI and why would you want to do it?
This session will cover topics including: Defining social value, measuring social impact, why we should account for social impact, what SROI is, managing activities and risk, pros and cons of SROI and social value.
Session 2 – Using the principles of SROI
This session will cover topics including: Judgement and truth, being proportionate, the Social Value Principles in action, purpose and audience, asking is your measurement good enough?
Session 3 – An introduction to how to do an SROI analysis
This session will cover topics including: Try answering the questions SROI poses – an exploration of the process with some exercises and a worked example, applying SROI, tools and resources.
Takeaways include: Understand the strengths, weaknesses, and best uses of SROI analysis.
Audience: Everyone. No prior experience is needed. The sessions will be delivered in English.
Benefits: Make decisions about social impact valuation with confidence.
SROI Practitioner Training
*This course is required for SROI Accreditation
Purpose: The course itself gives you the knowledge and tools necessary to measure and maximize the social value of your activities. So whether you’re a nonprofit measuring your impact and improving your services or a private business looking at your triple bottom line, SROI training will help you. The course is accredited by the Institute of Leadership Management and is delivered by accredited trainers and SROI practitioners who have been involved in SROI for over a decade.
- Understand the principles of Social Value and how to apply them to real world cases
- Learn the strengths, weaknesses and best uses of SROI analysis
Audience: The SROI Practitioner Course is designed for those new to sustainability and impact management as well as professionals seeking to add to their toolkit.
Benefits: Make headway on an analysis of SROI of your choosing; connect with like-minded peers in the impact management and sustainability world; and make progress toward accreditation as an SROI Practitioner.
Length: Two-day course
Impact Management Seminar
Purpose: This introductory two-hour Seminar provides an overview of how to measure and grow the social and environmental value of your company, initiative, or program. We cover a brief history of impact management and of forward-looking trends, as well as resources to build your impact management practice.
Audience: One version of the Seminar is specifically for for-profit companies, from start-ups to social enterprises; the other is tailored for non-profit organizations.
Benefits: This workshop is for those seeking to
- assure investors you can deliver impact
- differentiate yourself from your competitors
- gain a recruiting advantage
- build morale and improve team performance
- improve mission-alignment across staff
- learn about the history of and trends in social value accounting and impact management
- and more!
Length: Two hours