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Sharing insights from SVA’s work and across the social sector to prompt learning and discussion about effective practice.

How can evaluation better recognise Indigenous self-determination?

The right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination has significant implications for evaluating policies and programs that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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How ‘help seekers’ are informing Lifeline’s digital service innovation

The story of how Lifeline Australia brought the beneficiaries’ voice and experience into developing a text-based, crisis support service.

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Where to next for SDA?

How can improvements to the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) landscape be made to deliver high quality housing options for people with disability? +Audio

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Social impact bonds: a letter from the frontline – part 2

After seven years ‘in the trenches’ as part of Australia’s foray into social impact bonds, Elyse Sainty outlines her ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the future of social impact bonds. +Audio

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Improving the outcomes for older women at risk of homelessness

Older single women are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia. Why is this? And what are the drivers for better outcomes for these women?

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Social impact bonds: a letter from the frontline

After seven years ‘in the trenches’ working on social impact bonds (SIBs), Elyse Sainty shares her insights around SIB myths and legends. +Audio

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Sharing our learning to maximise impact

Executive Director’s note from Issue 1, August 2012 on Strategic and impactful philanthropy.

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You get what you give: The art of funding strategically

What are the challenges and how do you overcome them when your philanthropy becomes less about ‘giving money away’ and more about the social impacts you can achieve?

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All on board: The people dimension of non-profit governance

How can a board ensure it has the right people working together in the right way to meet its responsibilities most effectively?

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Finding the golden thread: A new approach to articulating program logic

The Golden Thread methodology is an effective way to articulate program logic statements – the indispensable tools for describing how our activities lead to the impact we seek.

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Social Return on Investment: Accounting for value

How can Social Return on Investment (SROI) help you evaluate your performance or that of organisations you wish to fund?

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Focusing ambition: The Wyatt Benevolent Institution

How did the 124 year-old Wyatt Benevolent Institution become more strategic in achieving sustainable social impacts?

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Moving towards engaged philanthropy: The Trust Company

How The Trust Company evolved its funding philosophy from small, ad hoc grants to ‘engaged philanthropy’ and the impact on grantees.

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