ACOSS has released a new version of Improve IT.The website has a range of free resources for people working in not-for-profit organisations who want to make the most of the technology that is available to make their work better and easier. They’re arranged in six groups IT management (IT planning, strategy development and governance); Technology (PCs, infrastructure, servers, hardware, software); Information systems (client information, service delivery, donors and memb
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Commissioning Q & A is a series of three information sheets looking at what commissioning is and how it works, the government's and community sector's role in the process and its potential impact within the context of government funded community services sector in NSW.
During an NCOSS Fair Deal Forum last year it was agreed there was a need to develop Principles of Co-design to provide a baseline on what co-design is and how it works. The term is increasingly being used to describe a range of activities and processes in the design of a service or product but there is little consistency in how it is used and what it means. This paper presents the community sector’s perspective on what we have identified as the key elemen
The Parliamentary Friends of Philanthropy Group will be launched at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit. The group was established in May with Labor MP Andrew Leigh and Liberal MP Lucy Wicks as the inaugural chairs. The summit aims to help philanthropy and government understand how they can work together to achieve shared objectives. The two day event will look at philanthropy in tumultuous times and impact through advocacy and policy influence.
From blind-spots to sweet spot, a new report on good governance supported by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) looks at what is required to achieve effective governance. It reflects the perspectives of 100 chairs from government, listed, private and not-for-profit boards.
Social impact bonds: how much evaluation is too much? and Indigenous policy evidence, where it exists, over-relies on anecdotal evidence are looking at different aspects of service evaluation. The first agrees that increased rigour in evaluation is well supported, however it may actually be sucking up service delivery resources. The second refers to a report by
Legal issues for the next generation of healthcare in an electronic healthcare environment is actually relevant to any organisation that stores client data. Some of the information is specific to the health care space however cybersecurity, privacy, duty of care and the obligation to follow-up are all relevant to the community sector and need to be addressed in line with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
Written from personal experience, this Governance Matters blog explores the idea that Ambiguity (is) the culprit when things go awry. Their experience tells them that “the vast majority of board members are dedicated and committed people, desperate to do the best possible job, eager to serve on an effective, successful and respected board.” But, when things go bad it is often the result of a lack of clarity.