Jacobs, with the help of its subsidiary Simetrica-Jacobs, has published a thought leadership paper, "Before & Beyond the Build: A blueprint for creating enduring social value at scale through infrastructure investments," on the role of infrastructure investments to address critical societal issues, the company reported on Thursday.
"The current pandemic has brought global societal challenges like wellbeing, equity and equality into stark focus," said Jacobs People & Places Solutions executive vice president Patrick Hill. "As governments around the world make plans to rebuild economies and livelihoods, now is the time to think about the role of infrastructure investments in building strong and vibrant communities."
Jacobs’ paper has analyzed five approaches that generate social value at scale that can be incorporated into the full project life cycle, including big data analytics, co-design, blended funding, social procurement and social value measurement.
Jacobs has partnered with organizations across public, private and not-for-profit sectors to explore each of the five components, and further revise the blueprint. The company’s tests will determine how successful the components are at generating enduring social value when embedded into infrastructure and delivered at scale.
Additionally, Jacobs’ trials will provide the circumstances in which they are most successful as well as create positive community outcomes that can help drive economic recovery.
"Simetrica-Jacobs is delighted to have been involved in this paper," said Simetrica-Jacobs director Daniel Fujiwara. "Measuring and understanding the impact of interventions on people's lives is at the core of our business. Now, more than ever, we are committed to ensuring that social value measurement is deployed in ways that have meaningful and positive impacts on decision-making and investment."
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