The SROI research conducted by Arco for Fondazione per l’Infanzia Ronald McDonald Italia was presented in Florence on June, 14. The goal of the research was to measure the social return on investiment for the year 2016 of the four Ronald houses held in Italy. The Ronald houses are linked to the most important pediatric hospitals and their goal is to receive the families of children with particular disease that force them to stay far away from home.
The President of Fondazione Ronald McDonald Italia Fabio Calabresi said that the SROI analysis has been strongly desired to start a self-evaluation process and to give some feedback to investors, because every donation made to the foundation must generate a benefit for someone, a social value. From the SROI research emerges that every euro invested by the Foundation generates a social value of 3,15 euro.
Luca Bagnoli, professor of Business Economics of the University of Florence and member of the scientific commitee of Arco, presented the results of the research. The methodology of the analysis of the housing model of the Ronald houses had as key points the valorisation of the results obtained to the investments made, the involvement of the stakeholders to quantify what is achieved and a greater awareness of processes and results. The relation between investiment and what is achieved provides a measure of the return generated. The SROI analysis is concerned in the cost-benefits analysis and it is easy to communicate because of the extreme syinthesis that it produce.
During the meeting some guests of a Ronald House in New York share their experience: they described how they felt welcomed and protected and they lived the stay like they were at home. Other actors on the territory such as Casa Don Lelio Lastra a Signa e l’ Associazione Cuore di Bimbo – ATG bambini cardiopatici who are part of the Meyer pediatric hospital reception network have also brought their testimony. Clara Mancini, house manager of the Ronald House in Florence, and Letizia Pini, Regional delegated for FERPI Toscana also intervented.
In conclusion, the speeches of Stefano Scaramelli – President III Health Commission, Health Protection, Social Policies and Third Sector and Stefania Saccardi – Regional Health Councilor who said to be available to confront and give help on this issue.