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Prisma Microfinace Social Benefit Analysis & Social Return - Mini Reader

Excerpts from Prisma Microfinance
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This mini-reader issued by Prisma Microfinance is comprised of three sections of excerpts from "Social Return on Investment, a Practitioner's Perspective",  "Impact Analysis and Social Return on Investment" and "Social Benefits of Public Transit - Evaluating Benefits and Costs of Public Transit Service".

Excerpts from "Social Return on Investment, a Practitioner's Perspective" defines and explains Social Return on Investment (SROI). It also:

  • Lists the limitations of SROI that include challenges in the area of:
    • Measurement, causality and correlation;
    • Longitudinal research;
    • Preventive measures.
  • Explains the process of implementation of SROI that includes:
    • A brainstorming session;
    • Creating a flow chart that represents specific variables;
    • Quantifying the variable sin the flow chart;
    • Calculating SROI.

Excerpts from Prisma Microfinance's business plan, "Impact Analysis and Social Return on Investment", explains:

  • The various areas of social impact generated by a Prisma loan that include:
    • Human Capital Development;
    • Community development;
    • Corporate governance;
    • Socially responsible market creation.
  • Prisma's SROI methodology and analysis, detailing:
    • Current quantitative analysis;
    • Future quantitative analysis;
    • The economic and social indicators that Prisma considers in the qualitative analysis.

Excerpts from "Social Benefits of Public Transit - Evaluating Benefits and Costs of Public Transit Service" describes the factors to consider when evaluating public transit. It:

  • Lists the benefits of public transit;
  • Identifies factors that affect the degree to which a public transit service provides these benefits;
  • Argues that focus on just one or two benefits undervalues the full benefits of public transit;
  • Recommends more comprehensive planning that considers a wider scope of benefits and thereby favors transit.