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Social Value Canada – Get to know Practitioner Pathway Level 3

Get to know the Practitioner Pathway!

Globally, there is a growing demand from organizations recognizing the importance of measuring and managing the impacts of their activities and investments – and this means you need to be able to demonstrate your capabilities as a recognized and skilled practitioner.

Accredited Training equips you with skills to stand out from the crowd and achieve your personal ambitions.  

Social Value and Social Return on Investment (SROI) training gives professionals the tools to maximize the impact of their work and promote its value more effectively. Social Value International (SVI) sets standards for the use of social value tools, and Social Value Canada is the gateway to access this international accreditation for Canadians.

The SVI Practitioner Pathway has three tiers that are designed to reflect developing skills, knowledge and practice in social value. In addition, each level offers an advancement in impact management and the practical application of the SVI framework in social impact assessment and SROI.

In this newsletter, we will introduce you to Level 3 of the Practitioner Pathway: Advanced Practitioner

Whether your organization is focused on maximizing impact, achieving social development goals, or addressing sustainability through ESG, now is the time to acquire the skills of social value thinking!

By joining the Professional Pathway, you will be showcasing your skills and expertise to potential clients, employers, or partners. You will also be joining an amazing community of experts who are shaping the standards and changing the way the world accounts for value.

To become a Level 3 Advanced Practitioner, you will already have a certified theoretical understanding of social value, impact management and the SVI Framework for accounting for value guided by the Social Value Principles, demonstrated through your Level 1 Associate Practitioner status. You may also have achieved your Level 2 Accredited Practitioner status, demonstrating your practical knowledge and expertise in social value and impact management.

To progress to Level 3 you will enhance your knowledge and expertise further towards advanced practice by undertaking a social value, or SROI analysis without assistance or support and without any limitations to your practice.

You are also required to undertake an SVI Accredited Training course. This is a required step as it is fundamental to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to be able to undertake your social value or SROI practice.

Join the Global Accredited Practitioner Community

What is the difference between Level 2 Accredited & Level 3 Advanced Practitioner Status?

They are very similar. Both test a practical application of the SVI principles and framework for accounting for value. Applicants must be members, a Level 1 Associate Practitioner and create a report that passes SVI report assurance as part of their application. The main difference is as follows:

Level 2 Accredited Practitioner status

can be achieved through a more supported pathway, with the option to undertake mentoring or use the Pre-Report Assurance Outcomes Check. Level 2 Accredited Practitioners can also author a report that is assured with limitations attached, namely ‘Limitation of the application of Principle 4: Only include what is material’, where an analysis has included material outcomes for only a limited group of stakeholders – the main beneficiary group or groups.

Level 3 Advanced Practitioner status

is achieved by producing a report that meets all of the principles, with no limitations. It includes what matters to all stakeholders affected by the activities. Level 3 Advanced Practitioners have not completed their analysis with additional mentoring or support, and have not used a staggered assurance route and so they have demonstrated advanced Social Value and SROI practice. Applicants can jump from Level 1 Associate to Level 3 Advanced Practitioner status.

Opportunities for progressions: 

  • Eligibility for application to Accredited Trainer status, and delivery of SVI Accredited training courses.
  • Eligibility to apply for SVI Assessor status, and to provide SVI Assurance and Accreditation services as part of an SVI network

Level 3. Advanced Practitioner demonstrates advanced practical competence in the application of social impact and social value assessment with all aspects of SVI Framework applied in full.

Stand out from the crowd, and demonstrate your knowledge and skills in social value and impact management. Embark on the Professional Pathway today!

SVC Practitioner Database – Soon to be Launched!

At SVC we are working to meet the growing demand for SROI and Social Value Practitioners.

In order to do that we are launching a database for all people providing services connected to social value and impact. The database will help you connect with other practitioners and will support you in expanding your network.

We will be reaching out to all AP Level 1,2, and 3 Practitioners. If you would like to have your name and details in the database please get in touch here.

Upcoming Courses

Join us on September 26th, for a one-day, online course Introduction to Social Value and SROI.  

In three 90-minute sessions, explore the fundamentals of SROI and how individuals and organizations can truly account for social value. This course is a great foundation for the two-day SROI practitioner course, great prep to sit the AP1 exam, or a useful standalone experience for those seeking to learn more about SROI. Click here to register!

All Upcoming SROI Introduction Courses: 

Join us for Accredited Practitioner Training – a prerequisite for achieving AP Level 2. The next start date is September 19 (online). This course is designed for all seeking to deepen knowledge, to build skills in application, and to advance on the SVI Practitioner Pathway.

All Upcoming Accredited Practitioner Courses: 

  • November 14-18 (10am-1pm) & November 24 (10:30-11:30), Register Now!


Anne Miller is a Level 3 Advanced Practitioner!

We are excited to highlight one of our valued SVC members: Anne Miller!

Anne is an Advanced SROI practitioner and licensed SROI trainer. She has conducted research, evaluation, and SROI analysis in fields such as crime prevention, youth at-risk and housing.

Here is our interview with Anne:

What excites you about Social Value Canada and our mission?  

I find the social value thinking promoted through the Social Value Canada network exciting and think that a collaborative/network approach to advancing social value thinking is a wonderful way to simultaneously ‘talk the talk’ and ‘walk the walk’.

Why do you think it is important that we build a practitioner network across the country? 

Connecting practitioners across the country can advance social value thinking and practice and can help advance a social value approach within multiple sectors and industries while simultaneously creating a mutually supportive community of practice.

How have you integrated social value thinking into your organization?

Social value thinking is deeply embedded within our organization. Within all of our work, we seek to involve stakeholders and build deep understanding that can help ensure we’re valuing what matters and communicating that value effectively.

How do you contribute to shaping the social value movement? 

All of our social value work involves elements of capacity building, and we also provide specific training as needed/requested. We also seek to initiate social value conversations among stakeholders and clients to advance social value thinking through our practice.

What are some exciting projects that you are currently working on?  

Currently, we’re supporting the Elizabeth Fry Society in Vancouver with ongoing capacity building and direct support for social valuation of their wide range of impactful programming. It’s so exciting to see the amazing work done by the Society and to be able to translate that into social value language that helps the organization understand and articulate their impact in a different way.

We hope you have heard about the recent launch of Prinicple 8 “Be Responsive” and we are wondering what Principle 8 means to you and how will it impact your work? What will it change? 

I think this Principle helps us move our results more intentionally from ‘so what?’ to ‘now what?’ by encouraging us to provide recommendations and direct support to clients for actions that optimize the impacts on wellbeing for all stakeholder groups.

Social Value Canada Membership

Change begins with each of us!

Our Canadian network is bringing together a community of members interested in Social Value, Impact Management, and Social Return on Investment (SROI). Membership can be either individual or for a whole organization

Join Social Value Canada. Become part of an exciting global movement that seeks to change the way the world accounts for value. Be part of our international rising social value tide. Together we can lift all boats!

As an SVC member, you will be able to:

  • Gain access to the Canadian and international network of SVC
  • Be informed in the field’s newest developments
  • Build your expertise in social value and become a knowledge hub within your industry
  • Shape the agenda of the Canadian movement
  • Raise your profile and the awareness of your cause

Become a Social Value Canada Affiliate

SVC Affiliates are organizations that share our Canadian and global vision to address inequality and climate change, through decision-making that seeks to enhance the wellbeing for all.

There is no cost to affiliation, merely a mutual commitment to cross-post news, knowledge, and information about training and learning opportunities. SVC affiliates can offer their own members discounted access to SVC ‘happenings’.

As an affiliate you will also receive ongoing recognition as part of our national and international movement on the SVC website, in newsletters, and on social media. Contact Arnaud for more details.