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

Navigating change in the public and social sectors

Public and social sector leaders discuss navigating transformation and disruption – from a session at IPAA Victoria’s Public Sector Week 2019.

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Mergers and acquisitions: four things for boards to keep top of mind

How to get real about the questions not-for-profit board members need to ask when a merger or acquisition comes up.

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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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‘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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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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How to go about a non-profit merger

A how-to guide for non-profit organisations exploring whether a merger is right for them and, if so, how to go about it. +Podcast

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Cross-sector partnerships: will corporates step up?

What will motivate corporate Australia to step up to systems change in its cross-sector partnerships? Five questions provide a road map.

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How ten20 Foundation is doing philanthropy differently

Catalytic funder ten20 Foundation shares its story and what its learnt about achieving systems change by funding collective impact initiatives. +Audio

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SVA Fundamentals for Impact: are you doing good?

The SVA Fundamentals for Impact enable organisations to assess whether they are being effective and how they can do better. Why and how was the framework developed? +Audio

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Sector trends: stories from the frontline part 2

In part 2, leaders reflect on how their organisations are responding to trends in evidence-based practice, innovation capabilities, place-based service design and collaboration. +Audio

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Networking for social purpose: what’s needed?

With networking increasingly important for achieving social change, we explore SVA’s successful model in education which points to the core elements needed to grow an effective network. + Podcast

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A collective impact learning lab

Learning on the fly has been at the heart of the Burnie Works collective impact initiative. They’ve found that strategy emerges as you learn from what you do.

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Movember: changing a system collaboratively

Movember’s story shows what can be achieved if you harness the collective wisdom of diverse stakeholders, galvanise disparate players to collaborate and focus on the goal.

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Collaboration: six mistakes to avoid

Learn from others and make your collaboration work.

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Funder curates visionary coalitions

Funders set up in perpetuity can afford to take a long-term approach to investments enabling them to build coalitions where more can be achieved.

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Getting our act together

What are the obstacles to mergers and integration in the non-profit sector and how can we nurture tighter collaboration?

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Macquarie: catalyst for cancer charities

The Macquarie Group Foundation’s funding of a group of cancer charities demonstrates how a funder can support collaboration as well as some of the inherent challenges.

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The extended Smith Family

SVA Director and former CEO of the Benevolent Society, Richard Spencer talks with Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO of The Smith Family, about how The Smith Family partners.

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QGC resourcing the community

SVA shares insights from facilitating the collaboration of a group of diverse organisations: QGC, a state government department, a local council and a non-profit community organisation.

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A beacon for school-community partnerships

For the Beacon Foundation community engagement at the local level ensures effectiveness and drives sustainability allowing Beacon to move on to new communities and schools.

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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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