Individuals, governments, and organizations invest moneyâ€”grants, loans, and equity capitalâ€”with the intention of creating a better world. Their fundamental question is, â€œWhat did we get for our money?â€
At the same time, the people whom these investments are intended to benefit ask, â€œWhat did we get for our money, effort, and sacrifice?â€
The answers may not be the same.
One way to understand the diversity of answers is with social return on investment, or SROI. There are a number of competing SROI methods. Gargani + Company has developed one that highlights multiple stakeholder perspectives, distinguishes multiple forms of value, and transparently reports the quality of results.
We donâ€™t use SROI merely to calculate a single number. We use it to tell complex stories.
We not only use this method, we train other professionals to apply it as we doâ€”to give voice to all, in ways that improve the decisions that affect them.