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In FY18 SVA learned what works in communities by:

Understanding the program features critical to Dismantle’s success helping young people at-risk.

SVA supported Dismantle to pursue its vision of expanding its flagship program BikeRescue to regional Western Australia. Dismantle faces the challenges of how to operationalise this expansion and how to tell the story of the impact it is having with young people. To tackle the operational design issue, Dismantle, with the support of SVA and pro bono partner Azure Consulting, conducted research with past, current and prospective partners involved in delivering Dismantle’s BikeRescue program, and with program participants. In addition, SVA is working with Dismantle to define a practical set of measures and a process to collect the information to describe its impact.

SDGs: Good health and wellbeing, Quality education, Decent work and economic growth, Reduced inequalities, Partnerships for the goals

Assisting the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) to apply placed-based practice across their Regional Network and work ‘transforma-tionally’ with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

PM&C staff have increased their knowledge, skills and confidence to apply the skills of place-based practice and are excited and motivated by the shift to this way of working. SVA Consulting and its partners – Collaboration for Impact and the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance – worked together to develop, deliver and evaluate a place-based framework and training program for 550 of PM&C’s Regional Network staff across all 12 of its regional offices.

SDGs: No Poverty, Reduced inequalities, Sustainable cities and communities, Partnerships for the goals

Improving the support available to people experiencing financial hardship.

Financial stress is becoming more common in Australia and is increasingly caused by external triggers such as health issues, relationship breakdown or loss of employment. SVA Consulting worked with the Australian Banking Association (ABA), the four major banks, and consumer and community organisations to develop the business plan for a new social enterprise and establish this enterprise in the market. The enterprise, Way Forward, will be jointly governed by the finance industry and the consumer sector. It will provide free services to customers experiencing vulnerability, allowing them to repay unsecured debt according to their capacity, and return to financial stability in a reasonable time

SDGs: No Poverty, Reduced inequalities, Partnerships for the goals

“The partnership with SVA is providing us the financial and professional support that will enable our youth programs to scale across WA and we look forward to creating social impact far greater than we could without SVA’s business and strategic investment.”

– Pat Ryan, CEO, Dismantle

Supporting educators to deliver improved learning and social outcomes for students across 50 partner schools.

Thanks to the collaborative framework of the Bright Spots Schools Connection, insights and learning developed during the Powerhouse Schools’ partnership with SVA have had long-lasting benefits to the wider education sector, particularly for communities experiencing disadvantage.

One example of this is the mutually beneficial mentoring relationship set up between Christine Cawsey from Rooty Hill High School (RHHS) and fellow principal Caroline Fishpool at Wirreanda Secondary School in South Australia. RHHS is also visited regularly by researchers and national educational bodies, who tap into the cutting-edge work Christine and her team are achieving in creativity and the assessment of general capabilities in learning design. Christine has been a regular speaker at national conferences, where she shares what is happening at RHHS and the implications for the Australian education system more broadly. Similar examples are occurring across The Connection network, creating ripples of change across the Australian education system.

SDGs: Quality education, Reduced inequalities, Partnerships for the goals