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

Insights to grow philanthropic giving for not-for-profits

Recent research identifies key opportunities to increase philanthropic giving with implications for not-for-profit organisations.

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Scaling community programs the BackTrack way

How do you spread the impact of your program when it is rooted in your local community’s response to young people doing it tough? BackTrack has been finding out.

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How to reduce child poverty in Australia

New research from the Australian National University has SVA and Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) calling on the government to raise income support rates given the current levels predict dire outcomes for children and families relying on social security payments.

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Social impact bonds: a tale of three Newpins

The Newpin family reunification program has been deployed under the Social Impact Bond (SIB) mechanism in three states: one successful landing; one termination; one taking flight. SVA has been a key part of the crew on all three. So, what have we learned? +Podcast

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Vulnerability and resilience in the social sector: what we learnt through Covid-19

Supporting social purpose organisations through 2020 taught the Paul Ramsay Foundation and SVA key lessons about what leads to vulnerability or resilience in a crisis.

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Disability housing: what does good look like?

SVA has partnered with the disability sector to co-develop a common outcomes framework for disability housing that is both meaningful and practical. +Podcast

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Evaluation: it’s your business

Executive Director’s note from Issue 5, September 2013 on new approaches to measurement and evaluation.

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Brave leaders hold and measure clear goals

New Philanthropy Capital’s Tris Lumley would die happy if every non-profit organisation set clear goals, measured them, held to them and stopped making excuses.

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Stop proving; start improving!

A challenging case for refocusing measurement and evaluation around simple measures that drive improvement rather than time-consuming academic studies that provide ‘proof’.

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Innovative way to measure what matters

IBA has developed an affordable, transparent and objective system that measures social impact and is helping management make appropriate and timely decisions to improve outcomes.

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Putting the ‘ROI’ back into SROI

How to use Social Return on Investment (SROI) to compare social investments.

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Social enterprise: how to pick a winner

Larger, profitable enterprises providing long-term employment are the best bet for a social investment, according to a study of 28 social enterprises by SVA Consulting.

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Seven steps to effective advocacy

SVA’s seven-step process will help social sector leaders develop a strategy to advocate for change.

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