Social Return on Investment (SROI)
Cost Effectiveness of the SA Program Model for Developed Countries:
According to an article in the Vancouver Sun in January, 2018 it costs taxpayers $12,574.00/month to keep a woman incarcerated and the cost of keeping a person on the streets in Vancouver according to VanCity’s training course on social enterprise (offered in 2012) is over $80,000.00 per person, per year.
Each year the SA Foundation’s Board of Trustees calculates the Social Return on Investment for the past year.
The SA Foundation’s SROI per program participant in Vancouver is $2,850.00/month.
This comparatively small amount of money gives each young woman coming to an SA program a way out of enslavement and provides a safe environment for herself and her child.
The Board of Trustees also evaluates yearly the effectiveness of each SA development by doing program reviews and training, thoroughly analyzing Formal Agreements that are in place.