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4) Social audits help in tying together the gap between policy goals and results. Discuss.(250 words)

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4) Social audits help in tying together the gap between policy goals and results. Discuss.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The article discusses the significance of social audit in general and explains in what way it can bridge the gap between policy objectives and outcomes.

Key demand of the question:

One must discuss in detail the objectives of social audit, salient features and explain with suitable examples its significance and relevance.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In first, define what social audit is.

Body:

In the answer body Highlight the role of Social Audit in bridging gap between objectives stated in policy and desired outcomes.

Explain the salient features – social audit is a way of measuring, understanding, reporting and ultimately improving an organization’s social and ethical performance. A social audit helps to narrow gaps between vision/goal and reality, between efficiency and effectiveness.

It is a technique to understand, measure, verify, report on and to improve the social performance of the organization.

Discuss other aspects using examples.

Conclusion:

Conclude that the Social Audit process is intended as a means for social engagement, transparency and communication of information, leading to greater accountability of decision-makers, representatives, managers and officials.

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