Value for money: resources
Value for money: what it means for NGOs (PDF). This Bond paper presents a framework to help UK NGOs navigate the value for money agenda and to identify which approaches and methods are best suited to their needs.
Integrating value for money into the programme cycle (PDF) - a new Bond resource on how value for money considerations can be integrated into the programme cycle and how an NGO can build a robust and defensible case for how an intervention balances economy, efficiency and effectiveness and delivers the most value for poor and marginalised people.
ICAI's approach to effectiveness and value for money - the Independant Commission on Aid Impact's paper on value for money, looking at approaches to and ways to measure value for money.
Value for money: current approaches and evolving debates - an LSE paper on value for money: a conceptual discussion of possible ways of defining and measuring value for money is conducted, followed by a technical analysis of different approaches and measurement techniques adopted by stakeholders.
Bond member case studies
Bond learning event: May 2012
ActionAid presentation on their understanding of value for money and their pilot of different value for money methodologies
AIDS Alliance presentation on costing community mobilisation interventions
MANGO presentation on their work with CAFOD defining the understanding of value for money used with CAFOD and looking at how a value for money lens was applied to management decisions
WWF presentation on the WWF framework for understanding value for money and how they have mapped their existing activities onto this framework.
Bond learning event: February 2011
WaterAid presentation: the advantages and challenges of their collaboration with nef to look at social return on investment in some of their country programmes.
VSO presentation: the advantages and challenges of the use of social return on investment, case studies and value chains.
Oxfam GB's presentation: their approach to value for money focussing on strong monitoring and evaluation, evaluations, and transparency.
International HIV/AIDS alliance presentation looking at a pilot using social return on investment to measure value for money, a case study from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance on using social return on investment on their CHAHA programme in India, and a discussion paper on the alliance appraoch to value for money.
Value for money methodologies
Guide to Social Return on Investment - the Cabinet Office (Office of the Third Sector) guide to social return on investment. The purpose of this guide is to standardise practice, develop the methodology, and provide more clarity on the use of social return on investment. It has been written for people who want to measure and analyse the social, environmental and economic value being generated by their activities or by the activities they are funding or commissioning.
New economics for: Value for Money in International Development - New Economics Foundation January 2013 paper presents new thinking on how to create a more consistent and practical debate on the implications of demonstrating value for money in international development.
Value for Money in international development using Social Return on Investment - New Economics Foundation presentation on social return on investment from a Bond workshop on 19 October 2010.
Contribution analysis: An approach to exploring cause and effect - a paper by John Mayne from the Institutional Learning and Change Initiative on how to conduct a Contribution Analysis.
Conducting a Basic Efficiency Resource analysis - a guide and case study from AlterSpark consulting and Oxfam GB on the BER model. The Basic Efficiency Resource model can aid impact evaluations of complex programs comprising numerous units. It is based on quadrant analysis and social return on investment, where output is compared to input, providing a relative perspective on performance.
Basic Efficiency Resource: A framework for measuring the relative performance of multi-unit programs - a guide to using the Basic Efficiency Resource framework from Leitmotiv and AlterSpark consultants.
DFID presentation on Value for Money and Civil Society from the Bond value for money event in February 2011 which looked at what DFID wants civil society organisations to do on value for money and their policy approach.
Measuring the Impact and Value for Money of Governance & Conflict Programmes - a DFID commissioned report from ITAD consultancy on how DFID can measure value for money in its governance programmes.