Valuing What Matters

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NEF's Valuing What Matters team challenges the theory and practice of traditional economic decision-making. We argue that to take the right decisions for people and the planet you need economic approaches which take into account the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental impacts.

Our work explores how to create better outcomes in key policy areas such as infrastructure, education and justice policy, and how to make major economic systems, like the labour market, work better for society as a whole. To support this work, we have pioneered the use of Social Return on Investment, a cost–benefit tool which ensures that the real life experiences of stakeholders are factored into the calculation alongside more easily measurable impacts.

Current team focuses include:

Team members

Blog post // November 18, 2014

Announcing Better Courts 2015

A national conference on court innovation More

Blog post // October 31, 2014

Why courts hold the key to better drug treatment

Specialised courts can help users get the help they need More

Blog post // October 16, 2014

How to take down economic inequality

Five ways to shrink the growing wealth gap More

Blog post // July 31, 2014

How Scared Straight is ineffective, costly and counter-productive

Evidence shows the tough approach can increase crime More

Blog post // July 29, 2014

Better Courts take time - but they’re worth it

How patience is paying off with innovative reforms More

Blog post // July 24, 2014

Social services innovation: 4 secrets of success

Lessons from the Family Drug and Alcohol Court More

Publication // July 24, 2014

Building Better Courts: Lessons from London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court


Blog post // July 17, 2014

Keeping children in care out of court

Simple changes are already making big differences More

Publication // July 10, 2014

Addressing economic inequality at root

An overall reduction target and five policy goals for a fairer UK


Blog post // July 4, 2014

Repeat offender: why outsourcing probation is a risky mistake

Private prisons are failing, how can selling off probation services be any better? More

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