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

Insights to grow philanthropic giving for not-for-profits

Recent research identifies key opportunities to increase philanthropic giving with implications for not-for-profit organisations.

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Scaling community programs the BackTrack way

How do you spread the impact of your program when it is rooted in your local community’s response to young people doing it tough? BackTrack has been finding out.

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How to reduce child poverty in Australia

New research from the Australian National University has SVA and Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) calling on the government to raise income support rates given the current levels predict dire outcomes for children and families relying on social security payments.

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Social impact bonds: a tale of three Newpins

The Newpin family reunification program has been deployed under the Social Impact Bond (SIB) mechanism in three states: one successful landing; one termination; one taking flight. SVA has been a key part of the crew on all three. So, what have we learned? +Podcast

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Vulnerability and resilience in the social sector: what we learnt through Covid-19

Supporting social purpose organisations through 2020 taught the Paul Ramsay Foundation and SVA key lessons about what leads to vulnerability or resilience in a crisis.

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Disability housing: what does good look like?

SVA has partnered with the disability sector to co-develop a common outcomes framework for disability housing that is both meaningful and practical. +Podcast

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Disability housing: what does good look like?

SVA has partnered with the disability sector to co-develop a common outcomes framework for disability housing that is both meaningful and practical. +Podcast

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A guide to social impact measurement

Get on top of your social impact measurement and evaluation projects with this accessible guide to existing SVA Quarterly articles.

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Seven pitfalls to avoid in outcomes measurement

What are the common things that go wrong when setting up an outcomes measurement approach? SVA consultants share 10 years of insights.

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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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Social impact bonds: a letter from the frontline part 2

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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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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Data sovereignty, community control and better outcomes

How data sovereignty can empower First Australian communities to define success on their own terms, and in doing so, improve outcomes for people.

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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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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 adopt an outcomes-focused approach

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

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Managing to outcomes: what, why and how?

What does ‘managing to outcomes’ mean and why are small and large organisations alike embarking on this journey?

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Why and how corporate funders should manage to outcomes

Why corporate philanthropists need to adopt an outcomes management approach, the priorities to consider and how Woodside has done it.

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How culture grows effective outcomes

Te Whānau O Waipareira is working with SVA Consulting to build an outcomes management culture and strategy to measure what really matters for Māori families. +Audio

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Look before you leap into buying outcomes measurement software

The right software can make outcomes measurement and evaluation a lot easier. But how do you select the best outcomes measurement software for your organisation?

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Getting the most out of SROI

A full Social Return on Investment (SROI) report isn’t the only way to benefit from applying the SROI framework.

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Finding the golden thread: a new approach to articulating program logic

Articulate program logic statements – the indispensable tools for describing how our activities lead to the impact we seek – with the effective Golden Thread methodology.

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