Measuring Charity Impact Value Using Social Return on Investment: The Value of Implementing Experiential Sustainable Development Goal Learning into Children’s Activities

Scouts Canada is adapting programing to align more closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This research project will measure the amount of change in SDG awareness and behaviours of the participants and volunteers of the program. These outcomes will be monetized into a Social Return on Investment that compares the value of the outcomes to the input costs.
All organizations around the globe are being called to help achieve the global SDG targets. Through this research project, Scouts Canada will obtain: a better understanding of if new SDG programming achieves desired outcomes and what activities contribute most to achieving the outcomes; financial valuation estimates of the outcomes; comparisons of the financial valuations of outcomes to the input costs in a summary SROI metric; and measures that inform scouting parents and funders of scout programs.

Faculty Supervisor:

Irene Herremans


Vanessa Anne Brown


Scouts Canada






University of Calgary



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