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Measuring Health and Well-being Impact report

It is increasingly recognised that National Parks such as the North York Moors have a crucial role in connecting people with nature, raising activity levels, facilitating outdoor recreation, and providing space for tranquillity.

In November 2018, the North York Moors National Park Authority published an independent report, conducted by The York Management School, which calculates the Social Return on Investment (SROI) for the National Park Authority in respect of its impact on health and well-being.

The report estimates that every £1 invested by DEFRA generates approximately £7 of health and well-being benefits.

The report specifically measures the health and well-being impact on visitors and volunteers, and in respect of DEFRA-funded activities. Therefore, the report does not measure SROI for all possible stakeholder groups and nor does it measure the health and well-being impact associated with activities funded by grants awarded by other bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. Given the short turnaround time for the completion of the report and limits to available data, discrete initiatives - such as those with schools, community champions, explorer clubs, and guided walks - are not measured. This means that, while the SROI stated here is considerable, it is almost certainly an under-estimate.

Future work will be required to evaluate the impact of discrete projects and wider activities to produce an aggregated figure for the overall health and well-being contribution of North York Moors National Park Authority. This progression from an initial ‘conservative baseline SROI figure’ to a more comprehensive accounting for impact over time is normal for any SROI process.

For more information download the full Social Return on Investment report.

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To reference this report:

Linsley, P & McMurray, R (2018). North York Moors National Parks Authority: Measuring Health and Well-being Impact. York: The York Management School.

For more information, please contact Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority, 01439 772700