Making the case for sport and recreation services: the utility of Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis

King, Neil (2014) Making the case for sport and recreation services: the utility of Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27 (2). pp. 152-164. ISSN 0951-3558 DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-04-2013-0052

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Abstract

This paper examines the actual and potential utility of Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis as an instrument to strengthen the financial and social ‘case’ for local authority sport and recreation services (SRS) in the context of recent research by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE, 2012a). The research for APSE, undertaken by the author, consisted of a survey and a series of interviews over eighteen months with policy officers within leisure services across local authorities in England. Data on ‘making the case’ for SRS is extracted from this research. It is argued that SROI has utility where it can demonstrate the contribution of sport, physical activity and recreation to health policy, adult social care, education, youth crime reduction, place shaping agendas and community engagement, for example. However, findings of the APSE research imply that although SROI offers use value in making a case for retaining services, this method of assessment may not be widely employed for a number of political and practical reasons.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Return on Investment, local authority services, business case, social impact, recreation, sport.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 13:51
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5353

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