Social Audits

Social audits were first developed by Charles Medawar in 1972 as a tool to improve corporate social responsibility (CSR).  The concept of institutional-led social audits (often implemented by businesses) is still common as a tool for assessing the impact of an organisation’s non-financial objectives and the views of it’s stakeholders.  Since it’s development as a CSR tool, social audits have been adapted to include the concept of citizen-led social audits.

Citizen-led social audits are participatory monitoring processes that collect, analyse and publicly share information about a project or projects.  As a tool it has proven effective at improving accountability and transparency.

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