Social Value in Practice offers the reader a simple, accessible guide for considering, creating, and delivering social value in projects and within their organisation.

The book connects social value to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and presents an insight into the many and different practical ways in which individuals and organisations can make a positive impact towards resolving the ‘people, planet and prosperity’ agenda:

  • 'Good work' – good practice in managing people, including working conditions, and equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Education, skills, and employment, including apprenticeships and enhancing the industry image
  • Social procurement and circular supply chains
  • Strategic partnerships and social enterprises
  • Community development, regeneration, and placemaking
  • Construction consultancy
  • Architecture, design, and construction
  • Assessing and measuring social value.

Reflective practitioners can pick it up, turn to a chapter, and learn something they can use right away. Through numerous practical examples and think pieces, this book can help readers learn how to create social value, how to improve and build upon current practice, and how to co-create social value in partnership with clients and the supply chain. The authors aim to empower and inspire stakeholders to engage with new ideas and create more value for those using the built environment. This book is a must read for all those involved in procuring, tendering, planning, designing, developing, funding, building, working in, and managing the built environment.

Section I – Social Value: The Opportunity  1. Introduction  2. Social value: the drivers, challenges, and opportunities  Section II – Co-creating social value  3. Stakeholder analysis and managing relationships with stakeholders  4. Managing people and considering, creating, and delivering social value  5. Degree apprenticeships  6. Social value in procurement  7. Circular economy: delivering social value throughout the supply chain  8. A strategic Social Value Framework - A Consultancy Perspective  9. A client perspective on creating and delivering social value  10. A contractor's perspective on social value  Section III – Placemaking: participative and collaborative design, architecture, and planning  11. Co-designing collaborative economies in design and placemaking  12. Architecture and social value: praxis, strategy, and tactics  13. Delivering social value through planning – local authority as a leader and enabler  Section IV – Assessing and measuring social value  14. Principles and good practice in assessing and measuring social value  15. Selected tools for assessing and measuring social value  16. Conclusion