Social Impact in Scotland : What’s the Point?

As the third, community and social enterprise sectors in Scotland mature, there is an even greater need for groups to evidence, articulate and promote the impact of what they do. The ones who have the deepest impact often have the least capacity to do the evaluation. There is a plethora of methodologies and an underlying desire by policy makers and funders to tidy this scene up, ideally into a single system. This half day gathering will open up debate on whether front line organisations should use a specific methodology at all and crucially how these different methodologies might dovetail.

We would like you to join our debate and invite you to submit questions on social impact and its ‘measurement’ in advance of the event for our Question Time Panel, which includes:

  • Rowan Boase, Evaluation Manager from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland
  • Jeremy Wyatt from Social Value UK
  • Jonathan Coburn, Director of the Social Value Lab
  • Douglas Westwater, CEO of Community Enterprise Ltd
  • Anne Lythgoe, Vice-Chair of the Social Audit Network


The Social Audit Network is pleased to announce its partnership with Community Enterprise Ltd in Scotland. This gathering will celebrate new beginnings for SAN in Scotland.

Established more than 30 years ago, Community Enterprise Ltd first started operating as Community Enterprise Lothians in 1987. Originally funded by the Urban Regeneration Fund, CE Ltd worked in deprived areas of Edinburgh developing local businesses and supporting local people.

As the role of Social Enterprise in regenerating our communities has become more recognised and as Community Empowerment has become more widespread, so has the importance of delivering ‘hands-on’ development support to community organisations wishing to become more effective and more sustainable. This change in environment and need has also led to the evolution of Community Enterprise itself. From being an intermediary organisation operating in Edinburgh, signposting community organisations to possible assistance, we have now become the direct deliverer of that assistance and expertise and operate throughout Scotland on a broad range of projects.

Community Enterprise Ltd is a social enterprise itself, currently earning the majority of its own income through its trading subsidiary but using grants to fund specific programmes.

Should you have any queries, please contact Victoria Pearce:

Event Details


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