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  • 1. Social Impact Measurement: why and for whom? The view of the European Economic and Social Committee OECD Forum on Partnership and Local Development Stockholm 2014-04-24
  • 2.  Treaty based advisory body to EU Institutions  Gathers organised civil society perspectives  Opinions, hearings, studies, reports and projects  Specific social economy and enterprise expertise  Key player in the EU social enterprise policy agenda  SBI, Strasbourg, project…  EESC Observer in GECES (Groupe d'Experts de la Commission sur l'Entrepreneuriat Social) The European Economic and Social Committee
  • 3.  Nothing new for social enterprises…  Europe is changing  unprecedented crisis and societal challenges  more needs & less funding  Social enterprise recognised key in exit strategy and to re-build  primary purpose is social impact  Most recently: Strasbourg Declaration calls for: “In this new Europe, all players need to look at growth and value creation from a wider perspective, by including social indicators and demonstrating positive social impact when reporting social and economic progress”. Social Impact – Why?
  • 4.  EU Policy Perspective  Single Market Act II and SBI  methods needed for EuSEF and EaSI  GECES sub-group report  EESC opinion  adopted December 2013  Recognise that motives vary by stakeholders:  Public authorities  policy outcome relative policy objectives  Social enterprise  realisation of social mission  Investors  realisation of funding objective  User  results relative expectations Social Impact – for Whom?
  • 5.  Welcome the debate on social impact measurements  EESC description: social outcomes and impact created by specific activities (and models) of the social enterprise – not the enterprise itself  Tread carefully, do not rush  may counteract purpose of supporting social enterprises  Core purpose of enterprise and already an integral part  Input  Output  Outcome  Impact  Methods exist  are bottom-up and both qualitative and quantitative  Risk of incorrect/over-application in MS  stifle social innovation and sector development  Pilot, review and adjust  limit to EuSEF and EaSI Social Impact – How? The EESC Opinion
  • 6. Further to Consider  Remember why!  to support of social enterprise growth and development  Must be social enterprises centred and supportive of mission  Recognise diversity of sector  risk loosing new and small…  Ensure proportionality  must fit specific models and logic, resources…  Separate EuSEF and EaSI  don’t mix financial and political effects…  Accredit and promote using existing methods  Awareness raising and training programmes for MS
  • 7.  Co-design pilots with social enterprises  local, regional and national levels  CEGES report and EESC opinion basis for EU policy work  need a clear policy dimension  consultation?  Connection to G8 central  include context of European welfare models  EESC will continue to discuss and monitor The Way Forward…
  • 8. Thank you! Follow EESC work on Social Enterprise: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.social-entrepreneurship-make-it-happen