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Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Malin Arvidson

Senior lecturer

Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Social Impact Measurement and Non-profit Organisations: Compliance, Resistance, and Promotion.

Author

  • Malin Arvidson
  • Fergus Lyon

Summary, in English

Abstract Non-profit organisations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their social impact. This paper examines the experience and behaviour of non-profit organisations in the UK in relation to a demand for social impact evaluations. External resource providers request organisations to present evidence on how resources are used and what organisations have achieved. While most organisations

are willing to comply and accept this control, they can also resist through using their discretion in deciding what to measure, how to measure and what to report. Nonprofit organisations can proactively and voluntarily use social impact measurement for learning and promotional purposes, and as a way of exerting control over their

environment. The analysis develops the concept of strategic decoupling to explain the differences observed between what organisations are asked to do, what they plan to do and what they are doing in practice.

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Publication/Series

Voluntas

Issue

April

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Social Work

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0957-8765