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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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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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