Restacking the Odds

Too many children are born into circumstances that do not provide them with a reasonable opportunity to make a good start in life.

For some, this experience is part of a persistent cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. Enormous investment and effort is being applied across the Australian service sector ecosystem to address this, but outcomes remain inadequate.

Venture mission

Restacking the Odds aims to establish an evidence-based measurement framework that can be used by participants across the children and family services system to sharpen the targeting of their work, and to improve the effectiveness of their action.

Restacking the Odds focuses on five key evidence-based interventions ‘that reflect the continuity and complementarity of services needed’ after interventions in early childhood: antenatal care; sustained nurse home visiting; early childhood education and care; parenting programs; and the early years of school.

Goal of SVA partnership

SVA delivers Restacking the Odds through a collaboration with Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (Centre for Community Child Health) and global strategy firm Bain & Company, to address this.

The project is focused on supporting service delivery organisations and funders to understand how to best focus their eff ort in delivering high quality services that reach the targeted population. The research will apply a structured, quantitative lens to the issues, and simplify the challenging task of identifying priorities for action across a complex ecosystem.

SVA support

SVA founded the Restacking the Odds venture in July 2016.