The serendipity of impact: the best results often occur from the unexpected encounter: "Take the field of chemistry, for example, where everything from penicillin to was discovered by accident — nobody was looking for them.” But because they were really good at setting up these experiments and getting the right procedures and teams in place, they made it more probable that these coincidences would happen." How do you create similar environments to
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Understanding How to manage self-motivated, intelligent workers is critical if you want a productive workplace. Described by Peter Drucker as “knowledge workers”, these people are skilled, motivated, challenge-seeking, who convert ideas and raw data into valuable knowledge. Managing them requires motivating them by appealing to their own values and giving them space to do their job.
In From public good to profit margin: how privatisation is failing our communities David Hetherington argues that when institutions that fulfil a deeply human function, such as teaching or caring for people at their most vulnerable moments, are forced to behave like businesses, everyone loses.
Getting back in touch: re-imagining public engagement asks if new models of public engagement, like direct democracy and citizen juries, will actually keep governments in touch with their constituency.
Social impact investment and recidivism: a new solution to an old problem? reviews the third NSW Government social impact investment tool known as On TRACC (Transition, Reintegration and Community Correction). It provides an overview of Social Impact Investment tools and considers Australian and overseas experiences, particularly in relation to recidivism.
How confident do you feel when faced with measuring outcomes and evaluating your service? Do you know what data to collect or how to analyse it? Beyond meeting the needs of your Service Agreements, how else could that information be used to support your service?
NCOSS in partnership with Fams are planning training on Measurement and Evaluation but we need to know what information you need. Are you a beginner or do you need more advanced support?
Despite staff costs being the largest single expense for most organisations, and recruitment and retention of staff being amongst the biggest challenges , more than a quarter of Australian NFP organisations aren’t tracking even basic data about their recruitment processes. The three recruitment metrics that A
In "Yes, Virginia, there is a thing called Society": Social policy and the voluntary sector 2017, Professor Paul Smyth (University of Melbourne) argues that neoliberalism is losing its legitimacy. He questions where this will lead, what kind of society will emerge and what it could mean for the “voluntary sector” ie community sector. He raises concerns about “a motley crowd successfully tapping diffuse social alienation and anger. It is as though the political system and soci
The Productivity Commission has released the annual Report on Government Services for 2017. The report reviews 17 services. Of particular interest to the Community Sector is Volume E – Health, Volume F – Community Services and Volume G – Housing and Homelessness.