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Meso level Social Impact: Meaningful Indicators of Community Contribution


Edwards, M and Onyx, J and Maxwell, H and Darcy, S, Meso level Social Impact: Meaningful Indicators of Community Contribution, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: an interdisciplinary journal, 4, (3) pp. 18-37. ISSN 1837-5391 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2012 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.5130/ccs.v4i3.2576


Social impact measures are not widely agreed, nor implemented by third sector organisations. Meso level indicators of social impact are underdeveloped. Financialised methods such as Social Return on Investment can only account for direct outcomes of defined programs and activities. The broader societal impacts of any such activities are undervalued. This paper outlines the findings of a grounded theoretical approach to determining measures of social impact within a large Australian iconic third sector organisation. Several key factors revealed in this study are discussed in regards to their potential for attributing social impact to organisational activities outside of a program specific outcome. Based on these findings the paper concludes that the development of a tool to measure meso level organisational social impact of third sector organisations may be attainable.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Social impact, meso level indicators
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:102201
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-04
Last Modified:2017-11-30
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