Lesson 4: How to measure the social impact

In order to measure the social impact of a sustainable strategy for reducing food waste, we have plenty of available options. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Surveys and interviews: We can conduct surveys and interviews with people who are affected by the strategy to measure the social impact. For instance, surveying people who have been impacted by the strategy and interviewing community leaders & stakeholders who have been involved in implementing it would help a lot.
  • Observations and case studies: To really understand how a sustainable strategy for reducing food waste is affecting the community, we can go out and visit the places where the strategy is being implemented. It’s also possible to talk to people and find out how they feel about the process. We may also consider studying specific projects or initiatives that are part of the strategy. After that, we will get a better insight into how the strategy is making a difference and what we can do to make it even better.
  • Using impact assessment tools: Next option to measure the social impact of a sustainable strategy is to use impact assessment tools, such as the Social Return on Investment (SROI) or the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) frameworks. These effective tools will not only provide a structured approach for measuring the social impact of a project or initiative but also help to quantify the benefits & impacts of a sustainable strategy for reducing food waste.