Research and analysis

Social impact bonds: unit cost data

Data on cost estimates that local commissioners, charities or social enterprises can use to inform social impact bond proposals or feasibility studies.


Social impact bonds: unit cost data


Unit cost data that brings together more than 600 unit cost estimates in 1 place, covering 5 categories:

  • education and skills
  • employment
  • health
  • crime and housing
  • social services

The costs can be used by local commissioners, charitable organisations and social enterprises to inform:

  • social impact bond proposals for new interventions or the redesign of existing public services
  • feasibility studies and evaluations

Most of the unit cost estimates are based on national research and so may not correspond exactly to local costs. In order to develop locally specific data, users may want to undertake research into costs in their area, or apply an appropriate discount to account for regional variations.

Published 10 February 2014