Victoria's first social impact bond providers announced and Queensland’s first social impact bond tackles Indigenous disadvantage. Victoria has issued two bonds one to help at-risk youth and the other long-term homeless. The Queensland bond will focus on Aboriginal and Torres Islander children in out-of-home-care.
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"The effectiveness of the board as a team is critical to how much value the board adds and can make or break organisational success particularly in difficult or uncertain times.” Pulling in the Same Direction – How to be an Effective Board encourages board to be a strong team where its members trust, challenge and support each other.
NDIS hiccups are expected, as with any large-scale social reform. "One of the problems with judging success and failure is that they often look the same part way through. We shouldn’t be surprised that such a huge reform process is encountering challenges in the implementation process and these issues don’t mean that the NDIS is failing overall."
Aggressive outsourcing undermining service quality and trust. This will be of no surprise to the community sector. “Governments wringing too many savings out of outsourced risk is threatening the commercial and political sustainability of the whole enterprise.
The OECD has recently published Behavioural Insights on Public Policy: Lessons from Around the World. It highlights the successes but notes potential missed opportunities, particularly around changing organisational behaviour. It also looks at the questions being raised about their effectiveness as well as their philosophical underpinnings.
The cost of collaboration: more than budgeted for? "Collaboration is a popular and often routine exercise for the public, private and community sectors to develop a common purpose, as well as co-design and/or co-deliver policies or services. But the costs of these interactions are often underestimated."
Inclusive Leadership Means Building Diverse Teams This refers to not only to gender balance but also ethnic and racial diversity. “Fostering creative strategic thinking by building diverse teams can give not for profits a sustained competitive advantage.”
The Growth Project, a not-for-profit organisation is providing an opportunity for small charities to participate in its leadership development program for 2017. The Leadership program shows collaboration in action. It pairs emerging sector leaders with busin