New Economy Working Papers discussion

Organiser: New Economy
Location: Innovation Centre, Manchester University, Incubator Building, 48 Grafton St

Social Value – understanding the wider value of public investment

When resources are tight, prioritisation of work is often based on short-term financial considerations. This is the reality facing the public sector across Greater Manchester. It has led to concern about realising the wider value of social programmes and the associated effects on individuals, families and communities.

Julian Cox, Matt Bowen and Oliver Kempton, the authors of a new working paper, "Social Value – understanding the wider value of public policy interventions", argue that social outcomes can be valued to help to assess the full impact of programmes and suggest an approach which can be taken forward across Greater Manchester.

At a breakfast discussion, the paper's authors will present key findings and conclusions from their research including:

  • a generic methodology for measuring social value
  • how such an approach can be used; and
  • resources required to implement the techniques.

The breakfast event will be held at the Innovation Centre, Manchester University. In addition to the presentation by the authors, the event will feature a response to the paper by Ben Jupp, Director, Social Finance.

Places are free but limited. To register please email

A light breakfast will be available from 7.50am and the launch will start at 8.00am