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Social Return on Investment

  • CUNY SPH 55 West 125th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Systems Change Series: March Workshop

Room 547

Every day our actions and activities create and destroy value; they change the world around us. Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a framework for measuring and accounting for this much broader concept of value; it seeks to reduce inequality and environmental degradation and improve wellbeing by incorporating social, environmental and economic costs and benefits.

SROI measures change in ways that are relevant to the people or organizations that experience or contribute to it. It tells the story of how change is being created by measuring social, environmental and economic outcomes and uses monetary values to represent them. This enables a ratio of benefits to costs to be calculated.

Mariana created a Social Impact and Cost-Benefit analysis called Social Return On Investment (SROI). She developed the first published SROI analysis in Portugal and managed the first SROI mentoring program. She has since then completed multiple SROI analyses. Mariana will speak about the importance of utilizing a social return on investment framework in determining value.


Mariana Branco is an economist and evaluator with more than 5 years of experience measuring the economic returns of social investments. She worked, studied and volunteered in a wide range of countries; has a track record in impact assessment and policy evaluation; is a board member of the European Evaluation Society; coordinated a branch of the Portuguese Mission for the Refugees and is building a career in Monitoring & Evaluation of humanitarian actions.


Light refreshments will be served