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

Putting tenants first: how Synergis Fund is investing in disability housing

The new Synergis Fund is helping to fill a critical gap in the market by providing high-quality, long-term homes that meet tenants’ needs. How does it achieve this while still offering stable, risk-adjusted returns to its investors?

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The cost of dying

How do you address the costly business of funerals for those that can’t afford them? SVA and a host of unlikely partners might just have nailed it with an initiative tackling both funeral costs and the way people save.

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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. +Audio

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Strategy in the social purpose sector: what’s critical?

SVA’s strategy consultants share their thoughts and observations about developing and implementing strategy in the social sector. +Video

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Thinking clearly about challenging problems

Deconstructing a complex problem using issue trees can infuse a new sense of clarity and lead to efficient solutions.

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A framework for making difficult decisions

A prioritisation matrix can help you look at options in different ways – even with limited information.

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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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