The AUT Business School has launched a new research group focused on accounting for the impact made by organisations in the not-for-profit, public and business sectors.
The Accounting for Social Impact Research Group, co-led by Professor Deryl Northcott and Dr Cherrie Yang, will be developing an evidence-based understanding of how accounting policy and practice can support the achievement, evaluation and reporting of social impact.
Social impact is an emerging theme in academic-led accounting research, and also a key focus for the AUT Business School, say Cherrie Yang and Deryl Northcott.
“It is an important area for research since a growing number of not-for-profits, public sector organisations and social enterprises are seeking to achieve and demonstrate social impact, while also meeting the demands of financial responsibility and accountability. We have substantial research expertise and stakeholder connections in areas related to social impact. We aim to develop research to enhance its reach, impact and practice relevance to the social impact communities.”
Craig Fisher, a New Zealand Auditing and Assurance Standards Board member, says there is a need for the sort of research-practice interface that the new research group will provide.
“Measuring social impact is not easy. It is an area that both accounting standard setters and innovative charities and social enterprises are grappling with. For this reason, rigorous academic research and the objective insights this provides are essential to assist with this important developing area,” says Fisher.
Affiliated with the Centre for Not-for-profit and Public-sector Research at Queen’s University, Belfast, the Centre for Social Impact, Foundation North, New Zealand, and the Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR), the Accounting for Social Impact Research Group draws on an expert stakeholder panel from across the charitable and public sector, plus practitioners, including:
For more information on research and events, visit the Accounting for Social Impact Research Group website.