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Table 4 Social return on investment (SROI) of public health interventions: Adulthood (main employment and reproductive years)

From: The social value of investing in public health across the life course: a systematic scoping review

ReferencePublic health topicCountryPopulationAim of InterventionCrude SROI ratio for assessed time horizonQuality score
Forth Sector Development 2007 [49]Mental well-beingScotlandIndividuals with mental health problems who have recently become unemployedTo support people with mental health problems after they have become unemployed to improve their overall health and well-being.£1.57/£1 invested8
Goodspeed 2009 [50]Mental well-beingEnglandIndividuals with mental health problemsTo successfully develop and train people with mental health problems in a genuine business environment to encourage independence and self-esteem through work.£3.09/£1 invested9
Leck 2012 [51]Mental well-beingEnglandAged between 14 and 65 with varying levels of learning difficulties/disabilities, mental health issues and acquired brain injuries, and young people who are struggling in mainstream educationTo provide therapy, education, training, work and friendship for people with a wide range of individual needs£3.77/£1 invested9
New Economics Foundation 2017 [52]Mental well-beingEnglandAdults with multiple long term health conditions, low-level emotional health concerns, or lifestyles of social issuesTo provide support for adults with multiple long-term health conditions, low-level emotional health concerns, or lifestyle or social issues£7/£1 invested0
Gingerbread and New Economics Foundation 2013 [53]General health and well-beingWalesSingle parent familiesTo provide opportunities for single parent families to get together, meet new people and share experiences.£4.27/£1 invested9
Hoggett et al 2014 [54]General health and well-beingEnglandTroubled familiesTo seek new ways of working with troubled families - changing trajectories for families and changing the ways services are delivered to them.£0.66/£1 invested6
Lukoseviciute 2010 [55]SmokingNetherlandsIndividuals aged 20–65+ yearsTo encourage individuals to quit smoking through a smoking cessation programme€2.2/€1 invested4
Inge 2012 [56]EmploymentEngland and WalesDisadvantaged young people (particularly those who have been homeless)Ready for Work is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme that engages business to support disadvantaged groups, particularly people who have experienced homelessness, into employment.£3.12/£1 invested10
Bradly, Butler and Leathem 2013 [57]Substance misuseEnglandAdults recovering from drug misuseTo promote recovery and community integration for people who have experienced problematic drug and alcohol use -aftercare.£4.02/£1 invested9