Calculating the cost/benefit of advocacy

Posted on March 6, 2018 by - OPAAL

Today, we’re absolutely delighted to be able to bring you the final film from our Older People’s Cancer Voices work.

George, Varun and Carmela from EY (formerly Ernst & Young) explain how it is they came to report that for every £1 invested in our cancer advocacy work, there is a £6.70 social, financial and economic return.

George talks about how working with the real life cancer advocacy stories we provided has opened his eyes to the fact that for those affected by cancer, “everybody’s story is different”. Using the data and stories we provided George and his team sought to “get behind the numbers and got into the detail of what those numbers meant for people’s lives in reality.”  


Varun explains how anything in society that we do has a social return on investment, “because they’re associated with uplifting the welfare of a society.”


Carmela discusses how when looking at issues of Voice Choice and Control, they could see how the support of an advocate gave people the wherewithal to once again make decisions for themselves.


George describes advocacy as a matchmaker, its support “helped people access things that are already there and that’s why it was able to create big returns for a low cost”. 

You can view the film here

and access the EY report via the OPAAL website

Marie McWilliams, OPAAL

Source: OPAAL

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