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

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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‘Bulletproof problem solving’: could it work in the social sector?

SVA CEO, Suzie Riddell talks to Rob McLean, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company, about problem solving and how the seven step process from his co-authored book can be applied to complex social issues. +Podcast

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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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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

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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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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