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  • Measuring Social Consequences of Non-Profit Institution Activities: A Research Note (2014)
    Comparative Nonprofit Sector Working Paper #50 | S. Wojciech Sokolowski. This paper proposes a model of a standardized measurement of social benefits created by NPI activities for the purpose of macro-economic analysis. The proposed model draws from the well-established in measurement methodology concepts: the program logic model and the supply and use and input/output tables used in the System of National Accounts. The model is based on standard definitions of NPI central products (material output) and social beneficiaries of those products (outcomes), and allocates quantitative shares of those products to different types of beneficiaries. Seven material output/outcome matrices for the industries in which NPIs tend to concentrate are proposed: education, health care, social assistance, housing construction and services, community development, culture, arts and recreation and membership organizations. Each matrix allocates material output to different outcomes for the entire industry, and separately for NPIs in that industry, which allows comparing NPIs against industry wide benchmarks. The paper also proposes a model for measuring broader social impacts that includes direct and consequential benefits as well as savings in social spending.

  • Nonprofit Institutions and the 1993 System of National Accounts (1998)
    Comparative Nonprofit Sector Working Paper #25 | Lester M. Salamon and Helmut K. Anheier. Describes the framework of the United Nations System of National Accounts and its relationship with nonprofit institutions. Furthermore, it delineates the domain and scope of nonprofit institutions and their function within the context of the Comparative Nonprofit Sector project. It also assesses the impact of the allocation of rules on nonprofit institutions.

  • United Nations Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work (English, 2018)
    The full text of the UN Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the United Nations Statistical Division and an international team of statistical experts. This handbook updates and expands the 2002 UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts to embrace the larger "Third Sector," including nonprofit, social economy, and civil society institutions, as well as volunteer work. It calls on national statistical offices to prepare regular “satellite accounts” on this set of institutions and activities and provides a standard set of guidelines for doing so as part of existing official economic data-gathering and reporting. Published in August 2018 by the United Nations Statistics Division.


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