Social Value Tools
The Global Value Exchange
The Global Value Exchange (GVE) is an online platform that allows users to set up their own projects, start to monitor the social value they are creating, and helps them to manage and maximise their social value.
There are three main parts to GVE:
- browseGVE: a database with thousands of outcomes, indicators and valuations
- myGVE: an interactive project layer where you can enter and collect social value data for your own activity or project
- myGVEportfolio: manage the social value of multiple projects by creating a portfolio with a shared outcome framework
Find out more about the three layers of GVE with this introductory presentation from Ben Carpenter:
Global Value Exchange API
The Global Value Exchange has an Application Programming Interface (API) which allows you to access almost 30,000 metrics (including outcomes, indicators and valuations) in real time. A list of the most well-known frameworks and data sets hosted on the Global Value Exchange is available here. Metrics and the linkages between them are provided in a format which is machine readable (JSON). We can also provide information in a CSV spreadsheet.
How you use this API is up to you. It can be used to conduct research on social value, improve the services you provide to stakeholders or create altogether new ones! Several organisations are already using this information to help them deliver their products.
API key pricing
|Non-member||Individual member||Organisational member||Used in accredited software|
|Price per year||£1000 + VAT||£900 + VAT||£750 + VAT||Additional £200 discount|
Discounts are given for individual and organisational members of Social Value UK and Social Value International. An additional discount is given if the API is used in a software product which has been accredited by Social Value UK.
To get started, check out the technical documentation here. If you think this API would be useful to you, please contact the GVE team.
The Social Value Self-Assessment Tool
The Social Value Self Assessment Tool is a free tool designed to help users judge how well they are measuring and reporting on their social value, in line with the Principles of Social Value. It was created in collaboration with Hall Aitken.
The tool is comprised of a seven stage questionnaire, showing results as a spider chart illustrating areas of strength and areas for improvement.
The tool provides guidance, support and more advice to individuals who want to improve the way in which their organisation measures their social value and assesses their service delivery but don’t know where to start. To access the tool, users can create an account and sign up for free here.
By creating a free Self-Assessment Tool account individual users can:
- Fully explore the benefits of the Social Value Principles;
- Get an accurate baseline of how good your social value measurement practices are;
- Judge their organisation’s readiness for Social Value Certificate application;
- Use their score to guide them towards applying for assurance and accreditation;
- Get advice on what to do next.
We can offer a range of additional functionality for organisations who want to use the Self-Assessment Tool to collect data about their stakeholders or activities.
Some of the services we offer are:
- Create your own survey with custom questions
- Aggregate and analyse the results
- Download your data as a spreadsheet
- Track the progress of your users
- Host the survey on your own website
- Use your own branding
Portfolio account pricing
|Self-Assessment Tool Portfolio Packages||Initial development costs (year 1)||Support (year 1)||Ongoing support (subsequent years)|
|Package 1: Client receives a ‘Group Admin’ account. Ability to create one user group, multiple surveys and analyse the survey results of that group.|
SVUK will show you how to:
Manually create standard user accounts
Add questions to the core survey, including non-English versions
|£0||£600 + VAT||£600 + VAT|
|Package 2a: Client receives a “Global Admin” account. Ability to create multiple surveys, multiple users groups, assign group admins and analyse the survey results of any group.|
In addition, clients can:
Host the website on their own domain (URL registration and hosting fees are the responsibility of the client)
Sell the portfolio functionality (by creating Group Admin accounts)
Have complete control over the website, including custom branding or additional functionality
|£1000 + VAT||£800 + VAT||£600 + VAT|
|Package 2b: Same as Package 2a, but with a full translation of all website text (such as website menus and next page buttons).||£3000 + VAT||£900 + VAT||£600 + VAT|
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Annual support costs include up to 4 hours of online support from SVUK team including the upload of new questions (including translated core survey) and demonstrations of how to administer the site as a group or global admin. Initial development costs apply only in year 1.
N.B. SVUK request that anonymised data is shared annually with SVUK and Hall Aitken to support further developments of the tool.
For more information please contact Craig.
In this interactive half-day workshop, Social Value UK will guide you through interpreting your organisation’s Social Value Self-Assessment Tool results and provide practical advice on how to improve application of the Social Value Principles.
Each workshop is tailored to your organisation’s needs, including interactive tasks on topics which your Social Value Self-Assessment Tool results have identified as requiring additional learning.
For more information please contact Craig.
The impact team at Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management, in collaboration with Social Value UK, have designed a template for organisations interested in embedding social value into their organisation or projects. This template outlines a flexible social value policy which can be adapted for all organisations and projects.