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

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.

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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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Where to next for SDA?

How can improvements to the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) landscape be made to deliver high quality housing options for people with disability? +Audio

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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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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 culture eats strategy in the social sector

Richard Spencer explores what it takes to create and maintain a healthy culture and how it contributes to effectiveness in the social sector. +Podcast

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Summer treats: staff picks 2017

Once again SVA staff offer a plethora of treats for your holiday reflections and inspiration.

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Features of successful community leadership programs

What do successful community leadership programs look like? SVA shares insights from programs it has reviewed. +Podcast

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Leadership amidst complexity and change

Lisa Paul AO PSM, previously secretary in Federal Government departments responsible for education and employment, talks about her approach to the challenges of leadership, its loneliness and rewards. +Podcast

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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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Arriving at a career on purpose

New directors in SVA’s consulting team, Susie King and Malcolm Garrow give fresh perspectives on the social sector and share what’s brought them to these roles.

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Making executive transitions work

Six CEOs share their advice for ensuring success in executive-level transitions between the commercial and social purpose sectors.

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Vision, mission or just wishin’

Graham Long, CEO of The Wayside Chapel, talks about how he puts Wayside’s mission into practice and what he has learnt along the way.

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Making your mission matter

We talk a lot about ‘mission’ in the for-purpose sector. But what is a mission, and how do organisations think about and use their mission? Three CEOs share their experience.

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A guide to recruiting young directors

Younger directors, if properly recruited, mentored and supported, can provide diversity and innovation.

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Taking the lead: CEO insights

Seven CEOs from the for-purpose sector share their insights on the role of the leader, and what is required to lead our sector today.

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The fantasy of leadership: are you being seduced?

Geoff Aigner posits that our belief in mythical leaders who can solve all our problems has led to cynicism as well as inadequate responses to complex social challenges.

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The first 100 days of a CEO’s tenure

Have you ever wondered about the best way to navigate those initial critical days in the top job? Six non-profit CEOs talk about how to make the best impact and impression.

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