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

Social impact bonds: a letter from the frontline – part 2

After seven years ‘in the trenches’ as part of Australia’s foray into social impact bonds, Elyse Sainty outlines her ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the future of social impact bonds. +Audio

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Improving the outcomes for older women at risk of homelessness

Older single women are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia. Why is this? And what are the drivers for better outcomes for these women?

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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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Shifting battlegrounds for financial wellbeing

Some emerging trends with the potential to ‘move the dial’ on the increasing numbers of Australians experiencing severe financial vulnerability and stress​. +Audio

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Harnessing the power of client feedback

A good client feedback system helps improve both client outcomes and financial sustainability. What does it look like and how does the disability sector stack up?

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Making replication work

Seven observations from seven initiatives that have replicated their model to increase social impact.

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Harnessing the power of client feedback

A good client feedback system helps improve both client outcomes and financial sustainability. What does it look like and how does the disability sector stack up?

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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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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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Not-for-profit boards: put clients first

Not-for-profit boards need to put clients ahead of their own organisation’s ambitions, says Robert Fitzgerald AM – whether in the context of mergers and acquisitions or other decisions. +Podcast

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How disability service providers can become more customer-centric

A practical guide for providers looking to be more effective and efficient in supporting customers. +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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Capacity building of employers is needed to grow disability employment

A model that uses expert support to build employers’ capacity is proving a necessary first step to increase workplace participation for people with disability. + Podcast

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Kickstarting an innovation strategy

Four organisations in the disability sector share how and why they responded to sector changes by launching an innovation strategy. + Podcast

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Individualised funding: 5 areas to tackle

Five areas that organisations need to address to ensure they can offer choice and control in a client directed funding model.

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A pathway to strategic change

Community services provider JewishCare demonstrates the power of strategic planning to respond to both internal and external catalysts for change.

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ADEs lifting their commercial viability

SVA has helped some Australian Disability Enterprises understand the viability of their business model and how to better operate to enhance sustainability and social impact.

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