Since 2007, the SVA consulting team has worked with over 300 organisations on more than 650 engagements across employment, education, disability, housing, First Australian and mental health.

Our focus on building enduring and trusting partnerships with our clients means we succeed when our partners do. Given our unique position in the sector, the SVA consulting team is able to provide an insightful perspective to social purpose organisations, philanthropy, business, government and other sector players. Below are some of the organisations we have partnered with to improve their impact. For a more in depth list, please click on the blue box below.

 

Our clients

SVA Consulting Case Studies

Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

SVA Consulting was engaged to understand, measure and value the social, economic, cultural and environmental changes generated by 5 Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs).

Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

We applied SROI methodology to five IPAs and:

  • Interviewed stakeholders in regional/remote Australia to understand the changes experienced as a result of the program
  • Analysed this information with financial data from the communities and secondary research
  • Modelled the financial value of the social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes
  • Conducted a comparative analysis to identify drivers of value.

The evaluation provided PM&C with a rich understanding of the outcomes generated by the IPAs and associated ranger programs. It showed the social, economic, cultural and environmental value of those outcomes and their alignment with PM&C’s strategic policy priorities. It also gave PM&C a roadmap for future policy innovation for Indigenous land management. Read this SVA Quarterly article for more.

Done

House with No Steps (HWNS)

SVA Consulting was engaged to support HWNS develop a three-year strategic plan as well as the tools, methods and frameworks for implementation and performance tracking.

House with No Steps (HWNS)

Working closely with HWNS, SVA Consulting:

  • Reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of the previous three-year plan and identified lessons to take forward into the new planning period
  • Engaged HWNS’ leadership team, board and staff to develop strategic goals
  • Developed a clear pathway for implementation, ensuring clear accountability, milestones and risks for execution
  • Developed a performance review framework to track HWNS’ progress against the plan.

HWNS now has a clear path forward, focused on six strategic goals to support it to meet the needs of its customers, navigate the NDIS changes and grow its impact. The organisation can also track progress against the plan and has a line of sight between implementation activities and strategic goals.

Done

Woodside Development Fund (WDF)

SVA Consulting was engaged to design and implement a measurement, evaluation and learning framework to measure WDF’s impact.

Woodside Development Fund (WDF)

Working alongside WDF and initial grantees, SVA Consulting:

  • Mapped a theory of change and designed the conceptual framework
  • Designed a draft framework including outcomes, indicators and data collection sources/approaches and timing
  • Tested the framework with grantees to ensure it reflected their theory of change and was achievable
  • Built data collection templates for grantees and a reporting tool for WDF
  • Tested and refined the framework through a full periodic review.

WDF now has a robust and practical outcomes framework that is useful for WDF and grantees in maximising impact. The framework also ensures that new investments decisions are aligned to the overall theory of change, supported by data collection templates, clear guidelines and a reporting tool.

Done

Kimberley Land Council (KLC)

SVA Consulting was engaged to develop a business plan for KLC’s Cultural Enterprise Hub concept. Photo credit KLC: Nyinka Mangala rangers Conan Lee, Frank Watson & Cyril Watson.

Kimberley Land Council (KLC)

To deliver this project, SVA Consulting:

  • Engaged with KLC staff, rangers, Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) and other stakeholders to understand the scope and size of the market opportunities for rangers, including land management services, carbon and biodiversity offsets, cultural tourism and a Kimberley-wide permit system
  • Facilitated workshops and supported KLC to determine the operating structure, governance and funding models that the Cultural Enterprise Hub should adopt to best support PBCs and ranger groups to capitalise on these opportunities.

Following this engagement, KLC have a comprehensive business plan, backed by a detailed financial model, a measurement and evaluation framework and an implementation plan, equipping them to execute the Cultural Enterprise Hub concept.

Done

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

SVA Consulting was engaged to support CBA as an investor for social impact by realigning the governance of their social investment activities.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

SVA Consulting:

  • Interviewed stakeholders, analysed financial, market and competitor data and drew on best practice research to recommend new governance that reflected an integrated approach to social investment
  • Facilitated a workshop to articulate the intended impact of the portfolio and define outcome management and decision-making frameworks to monitor and improve that impact
  • Analysed CBA’s financial literacy program to assess its impact and make recommendations for improvement.

CBA has taken an integrated approach to social investment, combining the previously separate Foundation with its Corporate Responsibility portfolio. They are using the frameworks to guide their reporting and investment decisions and are implementing the recommendations for their financial literacy program.

Done

STREAT

SVA Consulting was engaged to develop a clear strategic direction and plan to guide the Melbourne-based social enterprise’s decision-making over the next three years.

STREAT

Working with STREAT, SVA Consulting:

  • Gathered a robust understanding of STREAT’s current situation
  • Reviewed options for growth, assessing alignment with mission, predicted impact, resources required and costs and risks
  • Tested options with stakeholders and defined five goals
  • Supported the management team to identify the right opportunities to pursue
  • Developed a decision-making framework to help assess and prioritise new opportunities in line with STREAT’s goals
  • Developed a measurement and evaluation framework to track and report against the plan.

STREAT has implemented the plan and used the decision-making framework to guide their work. This has included a review of their delivery model, an expansion into new business opportunities and the development of a new training facility.

Done

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

SVA Consulting was engaged to develop a toolkit to inform providers about ILC, a component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and train them in new requirements.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) is a new NDIS component designed to connect people with disability to the wider community and to prepare the sector for the new funding and reporting environment.

SVA Consulting:

  • Developed, tested, implemented and evaluated a capacity building toolkit
  • Led the design process, interviewing experts and prototyping early versions of the Toolkit
  • Facilitated the delivery of the final Toolkit using online tools, video and in-person training.

We supported NDIA to train 160+ organisations in the ILC, building organisational capabilities in grant and outcomes management. These organisations now have an increased understanding of the ILC, improved grants management skills and enhance outcomes management skills.

Done

AMP Foundation

SVA Consulting was engaged to review the AMP Foundation’s approach to social investment and philanthropic giving and develop a plan for the next three years.

AMP Foundation

Working with AMP Foundation, SVA Consulting:

  • Conducted extensive interviews with internal stakeholders to understand the Foundation’s focus and priorities
  • Undertook a scan of best practice funding in Australia and overseas to understand key trends in social investment
  • Facilitated workshops with key decision-makers to assess the value of different social investment options
  • Developed a narrative and strategic plan for the next three years including goals, initiatives and KPIs.

AMP Foundation now has a much deeper understanding of its role in the Australian philanthropic sector. This project and report identified key trends that are likely to shape the sector in coming years and has shaped the Foundation’s understanding of what it wants to achieve over the next three years.

Done

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

SVA Consulting was engaged to facilitate the co-design of voluntary Indigenous Investment Principles (IIP) in partnership with Mr David Murray AO, former Commonwealth Bank CEO.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

To deliver this project, SVA Consulting:

  • Facilitated the Pathway to Prosperity Forum, in collaboration with IBA and Credit Suisse, to establish the need for the IIP
  • Led a broad stakeholder engagement process, gaining insight into challenges faced by Indigenous organisations
  • Facilitated the Growing with Governance Forum at which working and drafting groups were established to develop the IIP
  • Supported members of the drafting group to develop and present a set of principles to the working group that became the final set of principles.

The IIP have been launched by Prime Minister Turnbull and will facilitate greater economic resilience for Indigenous peoples, organisations and communities, empowering groups to be more active and meaningful participants in the modern Australian economy.

Done

Indigenous Leadership Initiative

SVA Consulting was engaged to understand, measure and value the outcomes achieved through Indigenous ranger programs in Canada, compared to those of similar programs in Australia.

Indigenous Leadership Initiative

Building on our SROI analyses of Indigenous Protected Areas and associated ranger programs in Australia, SVA Consulting:

  • Interviewed stakeholders across two communities in Canada, along with two local Indigenous co-researchers
  • Estimated the value of the social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes of Indigenous guardian work and the potential future value
  • Shared key lessons from Australia for growing the impact of Indigenous guardian work.

Our published report provided a clear articulation of the outcomes generated by Indigenous guardian work, an estimate of the current value of this work and of their potential future value. Findings will be used to advocate in Canada for the Australian model of widespread, government-backed land management programs.

Done

Consulting Clients

Our clients include:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
Access Industries for the Disabled Ltd
Accessible Arts NSW
Act for Kids
ACT Government
AIME
ALDI Stores
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
AMP Foundation
AMP Services Limited
Anglicare SA
Anglicare Victoria
Anglicare WA
Arts Access (VIC)
Artsupport Australia
Assetic
Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH)
Australia Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship
Australian Conservation Foundation
Australian Indigenous Youth Academy Inc
Australian Red Cross
Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
Baptcare
Baptistcare WA
Beacon Foundation
Berry Street Victoria
beyondblue
Big Brother Big Sisters
Big Picture Education Australia
Blacktown City Council
BlueCHP
Brightwater Care Group
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Brothers Act of Random Kindness (BARK)
Bryan Foundation
Burnie City Council
CAGES Foundation
Campbell Page
Cancer Council NSW
CanTeen
Career Industry Council of Australia
CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Pgm
Catherine House
Centacare Ballarat
Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes
CERA
Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland
Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)
Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI)
Children’s Protection Society
Chinchilla Family Support Centre Inc. (CFS)
Circus Oz
City of Melbourne
Cohealth
Collaboration for Impact
Common Ground Adelaide Ltd
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Community Child Care Association
Community Information & Support Victoria
Concern Australia
Connecting Up Australia
Conservation Council of WA
Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEFA)
CREATE Foundation
CSR Asia
Cure Cancer Australia Foundation
Dabserv Pty Ltd
David Jones Family Foundation
Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services QLD
Department of Corrective Services WA
Department of Education & Communities (NSW)
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development VIC
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Department of Employment
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Health and Human Services VIC
Department of Health VIC
Department of Human Services VIC
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Department of the Premier & Cabinet VIC
Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
Djarragun College
Doncare
Doutta Galla Community Health Centre
Down Syndrome NSW
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Dusseldorp Skills Forum
Emergency Relief Victoria
Enable
Engineers Australia
Fair Business
Flourish Australia
FMC Family and Mediation Victoria
Fogarty Foundation
Food Connect Brisbane
Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)
Fred Hollows Foundation (Darwin)
Future Builders
Gallery Kaiela
Ganbina
Generation One
Get Up! Action for Australia
Good Beginnings Australia
Good Cycles Limited
GoodStart Childcare Limited
Goolarri Media Enterprises
Greening Australia
Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board
Harbison Care
Homeless of Melbourne
House with No Steps
Housing Authority WA
Housing Choices Australia
Hunter New England Central Coast PHN
IAG
IBN Corporation
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund (ISEF)
Infoxchange Australia
Inner Melbourne VET Cluster Inc (IMVC)
Inspire Foundation
Janssen
Jesuit Social Services
Jewish House
JewishCare
Johnson & Johnson ANZ
Junction Australia
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ)
Key Assets
KidsXpress
Kildonan UnitingCare
Kimberley Land Council
Kyabra Community Association
Leadership Victoria
Lend Lease
Life Without Barriers
LifeCircle Australia
Lighthouse Foundation
Livewire
Lloyds International
Macquarie Group Foundation
Madcap Cafe
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia
Mallee Family Services
Marist Youth Care
Marymead
Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
Mercy Community Services Inc
Microsoft Pty Ltd
Mission Australia
Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW
Movember Foundation
Mu’ooz Eritrean Women’s Restaurant
Music Outback Foundation
MyState Limited
Naaguja Warangkarri
National Disability Insurance Agency
National Disability Services
National Indigenous TV Ltd (NITV)
Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara
Newleaf Communities
nib Foundation
No Sweat Fashions
North Queensland Green Solutions (NQGS)
NRL
NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Environment Protection Agency
NSW Rural Fire Service
NSW State Emergency Service
Nundah Community Enterprise Co-operative
On the Line
One Laptop per Child Australia
Optiver
Origin Foundation
Outback Stores
Outward Bound Australia
Oxfam Australia
OzHarvest
Parent Infant Family Australia (PIFA)
Parramatta Social Enterprise Hub
Partners in Recovery South Western Sydney
Partnership Brokers – Youth Attainment and Transitions
Paul Ramsay Foundation
Penrith City Council
People Power Cleaning Services Pty Ltd
Perpetual
PILCH HPLC
Pittwater City Council
Play for Life
Prahran Mission
Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
Pro Bono Australia
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
QGC
Radius Disability Services (RDS)
RANZCO
Ration Shed Museum
Reconciliation Australia
Regional Development Australia – Orana NSW
Rooty Hill High School
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation
Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Royal Far West
Rural Development Services
Sacred Heart Mission
Samaritans Foundation
Sandgate Economic Enterprise Development (SEED)
SANE Australia
School Aid Trust
School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
SecondBite
Service Skills Australia
Silver Chain Group
Sir David Martin Foundation
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart
Sisters of St. Joseph
Social Enterprise Unlimited
Social Firms Australia (SoFA)
Social Ventures Australia
Soft Landing
South Australian Department For Community & Social Inclusion
South Port Uniting Care
South Sydney Youth Services
South32 International Investment Holdings
Southern Sydney Youth Refuge
Souths Cares
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA)
St Bartholomew’s House
St George Illawarra Dragons
St John of God Outreach Services Ltd
St John of God Social Outreach
St Vincent de Paul Society WA
St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research
St. Vincent’s Health Australia
Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia
STREAT
Stronger Smarter Institute
Summer Foundation
SuperFriend
Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
Sydney Festival
Taronga Conservation Society Australia – Burbangana project
Taskforce Community Agency
Tasty Fresh Community Catering
Te Pou Matakana
Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust
Teach for Australia (TFA)
Ten20 Foundation
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF)
The Benevolent Society
The Big Issue
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI)
The Community Development Foundation
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association
The Funding Network
The Humour Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The Pyjama Foundation
The Shalom Institute
The SIlver Lining Foundation
The Song Room
The Trust Company
The Wayside Chapel
The Wyatt Benevolent Institute
Trade and Investment Arts NSW Government
Tranby Aboriginal College
Transurban
Trinity College Melbourne
Uniting Care Wimmera
UnitingCare Childrens’ Services
UnitingCare NSW.ACT
University of South Australia
University of Sydney – Sports Foundation
Variety – The Children’s Charity
VATMI Industries
VicHealth
Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Walks
Vision Australia
Volunteering Australia
WANADA
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
Wentworth Community Housing
Westmead Millennium Institute (WMI)
Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery
WISE Employment
Woden Community Service
Women’s Property Initiatives
Woodside Development Fund
Worawa Aboriginal College
World Vision Australia
Yarnteen
YMCA
YMCA Victoria
Yooralla
Youngcare
Youth Off The Streets
Youth Opportunities
YWCA Victoria

 

(Client list as at February 2017)

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