What is Social Impact?

Social Impact can be difficult to define. It is often understood as the effects on people and communities that happen as a result of an action, activity, project, programme or policy.

A common way to think about social impact is to consider it as the change that happens for/to people as a result of an action or activity.

In this context, social impact is about the positive contribution that public bodies and other public sector organisations can make to the local communities in which they operate.


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