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SROI revolution or evolution?

Over the last 10 years, Social Return on Investment (SROI) has evolved putting it at the forefront for how society can better account for what really matters. +Podcast

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How to measure outcomes

Part two of the step-by-step guide to set up an outcomes management approach, covers how you measure outcomes. +Podcast

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How to go about a non-profit merger

A how-to guide for non-profit organisations seeking to explore whether a merger is right for them and, if so, how to go about it, with insights from a recent large-scale merger. +Podcast

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How to adopt an outcomes-focused approach

Part one of a step-by-step guide for setting up an outcomes management approach for your organisation, which covers defining how you create the change. +Podcast

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Funding their vision: social purpose organisations share their stories

Four social purpose organisations describe how social impact investing has provided a flexible, mission-aligned and supportive approach to funding their vision. +Podcast

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Cross-sector partnerships: will corporate Australia 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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Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum

If the Australian workforce is to be prepared for the future, science technology engineering and mathematics practices must be embedded across the entire curriculum. +Podcast

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Hard measures for soft skills

The OECD’s Dr Andreas Schleicher outlines the ‘21st century skills’ or general capabilities, why they matter and whether they can be measured. +Podcast

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Summer treats: staff picks

SVA staff share a collection of articles, podcasts, books, videos and films touching on sector topics that have inspired them as they go about their work to address disadvantage.

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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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Learning to be more human

Global education consultant, Charles Leadbeater identifies four features of innovative schools essential to prepare students for our changing world. They centre around developing students’ humanity. + Podcast

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The importance of defining your endgame

A case study of South Port UnitingCare’s BOLT program shows why organisations should be asking what their endgame is, rather than how to scale.

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Systems that learn: creating an education evidence ecosystem

To get Australia’s children learning as well as any in the world, we need rigorous evidence of what works and why – accessible to every teacher, principal and policy-maker.

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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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Evidence informed practice needed to buck trends in education

Matthew Deeble emphasises why establishing a culture of evidence informed practice is critical in reversing the national decline in educational outcomes.

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Innovating with impact in education

Kevan Collins, CEO of the UK Education Endowment Foundation, describes the three ingredients of a system which supports ‘disciplined innovation’.

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Be better tomorrow – the AIME approach to caring for staff

In a sector dedicated to supporting others, how do we take care of the carers? For AIME supporting its staff is central to how it goes about helping to close the gap in Indigenous education.

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Spreading what works in education

How do you spread effective practice? SVA proposes a framework for educational and school leaders to spread what works through the education system.

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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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Goodstart: a story of impact investing

While the buy-up of bankrupt ABC Learning relied on a new finance mechanism, the bedrock of the Goodstart deal was the collaboration between disparate players.

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