Users and Use Cases¶
Social investment has many stakeholders. They may have many different information and data needs, in different settings and at different times.
Use cases provide a way to identify particular users, and user stories help to describe their information and data needs.
We have drawn on use cases to:
- Develop and check our understanding of what different stakeholders want to do with social investment information and data.
- Identify technical, data content and data quality requirements that may be needed to meet specific use cases and user needs.
- Explain and promote the specification to external audiences.
The four use cases below provide examples of how user needs can be met by the Social Economy Data Lab Specification. Not all user needs can be met by the Specification and the data itself, but by tools and processes built around the Specification.
2. Monitoring the market¶
Relatively little is known about the overall size, make-up and growth of the social investment market.
Comparable data can support analysis and the identification of trends in the UK’s social investment market, and provides clearer evidence for policy-making in government, and strategising within social finance intermediaries.
While there are many large institutions who provide bank lending or specialist social investment instruments, there are also many others who aren’t identified by the label of social investment but nevertheless provide repayable finance to organisations with a social purpose.
An improved understanding of the range of finance options for social enterprises and community businesses builds on the existing knowledge of the social investment market.
As an analyst, I want to be able to compare the impact of social investments across a number of deals, so that I can make a judgment on what works well in a particular section of the market