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Goodstart: steering a social enterprise for impact

How does Goodstart, as a social enterprise, balance its commercial and social goals; and what role does influencing the system play in meeting its purpose?

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Strategy: to consult, inform or simply wing it?

Be intentional about who to engage in your strategy development process. Find out how to do it and when.

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Growing effectiveness – one year on

This month marks a year since SVA launched the SVA Fundamentals for Impact. Over that time we have learnt a lot about how to use and adapt the framework.

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Competition: it’s all about the consumer

Robert Fitzgerald AM from the Productivity Commission talks about competition, contestability and consumer choice in the social sector. +Podcast

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Avoiding strategy ping pong: the board’s role in strategy development

Avoid strategy development feeling like a game of table tennis between board and management by getting clear on roles upfront and know when and how they might need to change.

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Shared planning: letting staff determine your direction

Having no fixed idea on the future direction of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW (now Dementia Australia), the CEO engaged stakeholders to develop a strategy that reflected their combined views.

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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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