Social Impact Assessment

Social Impact Assessment for Non-governmental Organisations


  • To promote the idea of Social Impact Assessment (SIA)
  • To verify and test a framework for conducting SIA in Hong Kong
  • To develop a protocol and guidelines for implementing a SIA framework

Principal Investigator

  • Dr Law Chi Kwong, Department of Social Work and Social Administration


  • The Hong Kong Council of Social Service


  • Promoted the ideas of SIA across stakeholders
    • Organised a regional dialogue and invited experts from Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and Taiwan to introduce the development of SIA in their countries/regions
    • Incorporated  SIA elements in a Social Innovation camp to introduce SIA to social engineers recruited from different sectors
  • Refined a SIA framework  to be used in Hong Kong
    • Refined the SIA framework by conducting SIA on social service projects
    • Constructed an indicator bank for measuring social impact
  • Educated the NGO sector in using the SIA framework
    • Organised 2 workshops to introduce different approaches/tools to conduct SIA.  Invited representatives from the  Social Return on Investment (SROI) Network and Group SOS to introduce their tools for SIA respectively
    • Developed a protocol and guidelines for frontline practitioners to use the SIA framework
    • Constructed a resource website to serve as a platform for SIA interface, including uploading the SIA framework for educational purposes


  • Facilitated the NGO practitioners and stakeholders involved in social services to understand the concept of social impact assessment, and apply the SIA Framework
  • Refined the framework through a number of applications to various  social service programme
  • Developed a protocol and guidelines codified as a training manual for interested parties to use this SIA framework

Event Highlights 

Nov 28, 2012                 Regional Dialogue on Experience of Social Impact Assessment

Feb 25, 2013                  Accounting for Social Impact: Workshop on Social Return on Investment (SROI)

Mar 22, 2013                 Follow up meeting on SROI workshop

ExCEL3 Coordinator: Mr Larry Kwan

PowerPoint Presentation 1 PowerPoint Presentation 2 PowerPoint Presentation 3 Project Website