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Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management - WR0506

Description
The research sought to understand,measure and report on the social, environmental and economic (SEE) value that is being created by Third Sector Organisations (TSOs). To do this the research team used an abridged version of Social Return on Investment (SROI) as a framework for understanding the scale and the way in which the third sector create value.

SROI analysis is a process of measuring and reporting on the social, environmental and economic value created by an organisation. SROI is an approach to measurement developed from cost-benefit analysis, social accounting and social auditing. It captures social value by translating social objectives into financial and non-financial measures. SROI measures the value of the benefits relative to the costs of achieving those benefits.

The research project gathered evidence through literature review, stakeholder workshops, case studies and interviews. The research centred on an analysis of the value created by five TSOs. The case studies were ECT Recycling Community Interest Company (CIC), Mid Devon Community Recycling, Debdale Eco Centre, Furniture Matters and Teesdale Conservation Volunteers. This raised questions that were then further explored with two more TSOs: Croydon Arc and Wiltshire Wildlife.
Objective
The project worked to clarify and, where possible, quantify the benefits and costs of the third sector involvement in local authority waste management in England. It developed an analytical framework to evaluate systematically the costs and benefits generated for local authorities by
waste-based Third Sector Organisations (TSOs). The research addressed these questions:

• What are the net benefits TSOs generated through their involvement in local authority waste management and what is their value?

• Are these benefits more prevalent in TSOs or shared by the private sector?

• How do the social, economic and environmental (SEE) benefits created by TSOs meet the needs of local authorities?

• What are the opportunities for increasing the social, environmental and economic values captured by waste management activities?


Project Documents
• Final Report : WR0506 "Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management" - Full Report   (591k)
• Final Report : WR0506 "Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management" - Summary Report   (183k)
• Executive Summary : WR0506 "Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management" - Executive Summary   (152k)
• Final Report - Annex : WR0506 "Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management" - Annex 1: Report on Impact Mapping Sessions   (190k)
• Final Report - Annex : WR0506 "Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management" - Annex 2: Case Study and Economic Analysis Report   (446k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2009

Cost: £100,880
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Resources For Change
Keywords
Communities              
Decision Making              
Economic performance indicators              
Economic Research              
Economics              
Environmental Protection              
Indicators and benchmarking              
Local and Regional Government              
Recycling              
Services              
Social Dimension              
Social Research              
Sustainable Procurement              
Understanding socio-economic benefits of recycling              
Waste              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management