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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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Solving the employment issue

Executive Director’s note from Issue 3, February 2013.

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Indigenous employment: quality, not quantity

Closing the gap in Indigenous employment will require sustainable opportunities that provide meaningful careers, says Adrian Appo. Only then will the numbers follow.

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Destructive board cultures and how to transform them

David White looks at how unhealthy board behaviours can derail a board and ways to go about changing them.

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The hidden business of social enterprise

Having a social purpose does not exempt an enterprise from the essentials of business; even if it’s hard to see you must have a sound business engine at the core.

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Laying the foundations for collective impact in solving unemployment

Insights from the collaborative Queensland Social Enterprise (QSE) project which helped set up or expand over 50 social enterprises to address employment exclusion.

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STREAT’s ahead: funding social impact with equity

A look at social enterprise STREAT’s out-of-the-box approach to expansion which attracted equity investment and doubled its capacity overnight.

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Give power to those with the problems

Despite our obsession with meritocracy, it is not always the best way to address our social problems. Do we have blind spots?

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