Valuing Social Outcomes Project

The Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Community Managers Network is hosting the Valuing Social Outcomes project (VSO). The project is to undertake international research on defining, ascribing value to and articulating social outcomes, to inform the development of a toolkit that will support evidence-based decision making and statements of social return regarding the community initiatives of South Australian councils.

As part of the research stage of the VSO project the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute – Flinders University (AITI) was engaged to provide a report on the international literature and local context relating to the future development of a social impact/value measurement toolkit for South Australian use. The 2017 report by AITI can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Through a select tender process AITI was again engaged in February 2018 for the current development stage of the project. Development of the toolkit is targeted for end June 2018, with an opportunity to formally introduce it to the sector at the Local Government Professionals SA Community Managers Network conference on 3 September 2018.

A sector engagement workshop was held at Campbelltown Function Centre on 3 May 2018 to assist with the development of the framework on which the tool and toolkit is being based. AITI facilitated conversations on the underpinning principles of the framework, potential indicators for inclusion and practical considerations for application of the tool. The PowerPoint presentation used at the workshop can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. AITI are now moving ahead with development of the VSO tool.

The VSO project has been funded by the Local Government Association Research and Development Scheme along with financial contributions from Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Community Managers Network, City of Onkaparinga, City of Charles Sturt, City of Salisbury and City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

The VSO Steering Group is comprised of members from the above organisations, other interested councils and the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA – SA Chapter). In October 2017 the group developed the current Project Plan informed by the AITI research report and various stakeholder engagements across the local government sector and beyond. The plan can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Further updates will be provided on this page as the development stage of the project progresses.

In the meantime if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact: 
LG Professionals, SA Membership and Network Coordinator on 8291 7994 or or 
Project Leader – Mike Brown, Social Planner, City of Onkaparinga on 8384 0192 or

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