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Social value measurement tool receives critical update for 2022

The widely recognised social value measurement tool, the National TOMs has been refreshed and updated to reflect the ever changing needs of organisations in operation today.

The National TOMs is an evidence-led social value measurement framework originally launched in 2017 in partnership with the National Social Value Taskforce. It has since become a standard toolkit for measuring and reporting Social Value across the public and private sectors, providing organisations with a clear framework in which to measure Social Value, integrating the standards into the measurement approach as a minimum.

Following feedback from existing users across a variety of industries and taking the latest ONS data into account, the Social Value Portal says the newest version of the National TOMs has been simplified for ease of use, features an overhauled environmental Theme and clearly signposts enhanced opportunities to create more social value, making good go further.

In light of the climate emergency, tracking and reporting environmental performance is top of the list of priorities for organisations across all sectors and industries. As a result, the environment Theme has had a complete overhaul, making it easier to use and featuring a brand new greenhouse gas calculator designed to help an organisation to reduce its carbon footprint and get to net zero more quickly.

By providing a broader footprint from which to report Social Value Outcomes, organisations can now use the measurement framework to capture the Social Value created by their supply chain, offering clarity on how to capture and report the outcomes in a transparent and appropriately attributed manner.

The robustness of the National TOMs means that there is a wide range of Measures to benchmark performance against, which are tailored to suit different needs. National TOMs 2022 provides a core list of 40 recommended measures which are expected to cover most user requirements and has also identified a ‘Light’ set of 18 measures which is expected to make the Framework easier for smaller projects or tenders.

Nathan Goode, Chief Strategy Officer, Social Value Portal said: “The National TOMs is regularly evaluated to ensure that it keeps pace with the evolving needs of today’s organisations and these enhancements reflect this. Our customers have been instrumental in providing honest feedback that has fed into these changes and which will now set the new standard for Social Value reporting and measurement.

“We have been pleased to see more SMEs and VCSEs join the social value movement recently and we expect the latest updates to the National TOMs will help those that are new to social value to measure and report their performance in a straightforward, clear and robust way.”


Existing clients of Social Value Portal will be invited to join a ‘walkthrough’ webinar on 16 June which will cover the new features and explain how they will help to streamline the measuring and reporting of social value within their organisations.

A follow up webinar will be opened up to everyone on 23 June where attendees will have the opportunity to understand how the National TOMs works as well as finding out more about the latest improvements. Details of this will be posted on Social Value Portal’s social media channels and attendees will be able to register through the website.

To download the National TOMs 2022 guidance click here.

FMJ has teamed up with leading outsourced communication provider, Moneypenny, to host a webinar ‘Outsourcing to help win the race for talent’ on June 28th at 11am.

This webinar will look at how outsourcing is a cost-effective and highly relevant strategy to not only counter the race for talent, but to build greater agility, expertise, infrastructure and resource into business. In particular it will acknowledge the operational challenges facing FMs as the UK starts its return to the workplace.

To register for the webinar click here.


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