SVA Consulting complete nationwide workshop tour for Perpetual Foundation

Through their experience of reviewing thousands of funding applications, the Perpetual Foundation observed that many non-profit organisations found it difficult to respond to questions around the measurement and evaluation of their programs. To help address this challenge, the Perpetual Foundation worked with SVA Consulting to design a measurement and evaluation education package which they would deliver, free of charge, to invited non-profit organisations across the country.

”It’s like teaching someone to cook rather than feeding them’ Workshop participant

Duncan Peppercorn

‘SVA’s Lisa Cotton and Duncan Peppercorn, together with Andrew Thomas, Head of Philanthropy at Perpetual, designed the three-part offering, which included a two-day workshop, a follow-up half-day one-on-one and a DVD for participants to refer to in their own time.

One hundred and forty participants from over 50 non-profit organisations from the environment, arts, health, youth and ageing (amongst other) sectors attended the workshops, which were held across five states in October and November 2010.

The intense two-day program was delivered by the SVA Consulting team, supported by the Perpetual Foundation and addressed many of the measurement and evaluation issues that the sector had identified as challenging. Examples of topics covered included how to define what organisations do and the consequences of their actions, prioritising what to measure given limited time and resources and how to measure ‘intangibles’. The workshops also worked to demystify some measurement tools used in the sector, like Social Return on Investment (SROI).

”An objective methodology to determine existing and future programs and a framework to use in future grant applications’
Workshop participant

‘Over the coming months SVA Consulting will deliver the follow-up one-on-ones with each of the organisations that participated in the two-day workshop, with the aim of further embedding the measurement and evaluation learnings. The supporting DVD will be distributed to participating organisations later this year.