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

Paying what it takes to create impact

New research from SVA and CSI has found that not-for-profit organisations across Australia are, in general, not funded for the actual cost of what they do. The result is less effective operations and reduced impact.

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Rethinking social networks for equity, excellence and flourishing

Researchers in social network theory and educational leadership provide an analysis of how SVA’s The Connection is using networks to improve education outcomes within communities experiencing disadvantage.

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Restoring the balance of power

Exploring what is required of non-Indigenous executives who hold positions of power in First Nations organisations.

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Building a sector-wide approach to measuring impact

Financial capability foundation, Ecstra, has designed a framework to enable a common approach to measuring impact for all its grant partners with the intention of creating long-term change across the sector.

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The art of supporting grief: have we lost it?

Grief support is core business: don’t outsource it as it’s critical to effective holistic care. +Podcast

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A systems approach to food insecurity

Supply chain mapping, leveraging data and enhancing the collaboration in food relief systems are ways that local government or other key players can support everyone in the community to access the food they need.

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Soft skills and hard data

Executive Director’s note from Issue 11, March 2015.

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Three weeks in the desert: engaging with Indigenous communities

Brendan Ferguson explores the Martu people’s deep connection to country through a Social Return on Investment analysis.

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Making executive transitions work

Six CEOs share their advice for ensuring success in executive-level transitions between the commercial and social purpose sectors.

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Be better tomorrow – the AIME approach to caring for staff

In a sector dedicated to supporting others, how do we take care of the carers? For AIME supporting its staff is central to how it goes about helping to close the gap in Indigenous education.

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Partnerships: the heart of venture philanthropy

Understand what venture philanthropy is and the commitment required from both ventures and philanthropists to make it work.

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Data Labs: opening up existing data

Data Labs are a new, low-cost way to understand service impact using existing data. What are Data Labs and how can they help identify what is having the greatest impact?

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Look before you leap into buying outcomes measurement software

The right software can make outcomes measurement and evaluation a lot easier. But how do you select the best outcomes measurement software for your organisation?

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