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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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SVA Quarterly banner: Rebuilding employment pathways for young Australians

Rebuilding employment pathways for young Australians

What actions are needed from employers and governments to give young Australians from lower socio-economic backgrounds the fair go previous generations enjoyed?

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Tailoring for individual needs in school transitions

A case study about tailoring the universally-offered careers curriculum to meet the needs of individuals.

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Funding their vision: 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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Barriers in front of person in wheelchair being erased

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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Summer treats: staff picks 2016

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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Social procurement success: what it takes

Vanguard Laundry Services, the most recent social enterprise created by Luke Terry in Toowoomba, exemplifies how to benefit from social procurement opportunities. + Podcast

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Incubating a pilot

Lessons from incubating a new model for tackling unemployment

Incubating the Industry Employment Initiative highlighted the importance of knowing your endgame, evaluating to improve rather than prove, and of strategic funders who are willing to take risks. + 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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Effective ways to support youth into employment

Use these 10 fundamental principles to design and evaluate programs to most effectively counter the persistent problem of youth unemployment.

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Three principles for developing the workforce of the future – now

ManpowerGroup’s global CEO has three strategies for corporates to build the workforce needed in the future – with implications for inclusion and equity as well as productivity.

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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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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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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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