Projects & Publications

We dive deep and get to the heart of Australia's biggest social issues through our Academic and Applied research. 

Building Connections for Enterprising Women

The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne is currently undertaking a project “Building Connections for Enterprising Women” with Good Shepherd Microfinance and colleagues at Swinburne Sarawak (Malaysia). Funded by the Australian ...
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100 Families WA

100 Families WA is a 3-year collective action research project with a vision to address the issue of entrenched disadvantage or hardship, as experienced by families living in Western Australia ...
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Roles of youth mentoring in addressing wellbeing, economic engagement and supportive communities for young people

Many young people in Australia experience poor outcomes in employment, education and mental health, with long term consequences for their social outcomes. Mentoring offers a potentially holistic and ecological approach ...
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Improving Health Equity of Young People? The role of social enterprise

October 2020Completed
This Australian Research Council Linkage project, in partnership with Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Social Traders, and the Foundation for Young Australians, investigates how social enterprises affect the social determinants ...
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Journey to Social Inclusion evaluation

August 2020Completed
Sacred Heart Mission's Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) is a rapid housing approach coupled with three years of intensive support that wraps services around each person. With a strengths-based lens, ...
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Charities and COVID-19 - A Financial Health Check

June 2020Completed
This report was prepared by Social Ventures Australia and the Centre for Social Impact. Contributors from SVA included Cassie McGannon, Sam Thorp, Mitch Adams, Patrick Flynn and Suzie Riddell. Contributors ...
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50 Lives 50 Homes - Third Evaluation Report

April 2020Completed
The 50 Lives 50 Homes program is Perth’s first Housing First project and aims to rapidly house and support Perth’s most vulnerable rough sleepers. This third evaluation builds on the ...
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Information Sharing as Market Stewardship in the NDIS

March 2020Completed
Market stewardship of the NDIS has been raised as a major concern by multiple levels of government, as well as in key reviews conducted of the scheme by bodies such ...
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How is the disability sector faring? 2020 Report

February 2020Completed
Prepared by the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney. Carey, G., Weier, M., Malbon, E., Dickinson, H., & Duff, G. The National Disability Services’ (NDS) Annual Market Survey has become ...
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How is the disability sector faring? 2019 Report

December 2019Completed
Prepared by the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney Carey, G., Weier, M., Malbon, E., Dickinson, H., Alexander, D., & Duff, G. A report from the National Disability Services' Annual ...
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Australian NFP Workforce Study

December 2019Completed
Everyone in Australia benefits from the great work of the Not-for-Profit (NFP) organisations that address social disadvantage, education, well-being, community, sports, biodiversity, artistic creation, cultural heritage, and more. Meanwhile, public ...
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Market Capacity Framework: An approach for identifying thin markets in the NDIS

December 2019Completed
Authors: Associate Professor Gemma Carey, UNSW Sydney; Professor Helen Dickinson, UNSW Sydney; Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne; Gordon Duff, National Disability Services; Professor David Gilchrist, University of Western Australia; ...
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Ending Homelessness in Western Australia

August 2019Completed
The Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) is a founding member of the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (WAAEH). The WAAEH is comprised of a group of individuals ...
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The Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP)

July 2019Completed
The Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) program, led by Good Shepherd Microfinance on behalf of the Australian Government in partnership with CSI and EY, aims to increase financial inclusion and ...
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Vanguard Laundry Evaluation

May 2019Completed
Providing employment and tailored career support can improve the health, wellbeing and finances of people living with mental illness, according to a new evaluation report from CSI Swinburne and Vanguard ...
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Indigenous Financial Resilience

May 2019Completed
Authors: Megan Weier, Kylie Dolan, Abigail Powell, Kristy Muir, Amanda Young. This report builds on previous work on financial resilience in Australia and represents the beginning of an exploration of ...
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Outcomes Measurement in the Australian Community Sector 2019

April 2019Completed
This is the tenth publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series, and the sixth report in the Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Western Australia Community Sector research program. ...
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NSW Financial State Election Platform 2019

January 2019Completed
The NSW Financial Inclusion Network is pleased to release its State Election Platform 2019 This New South Wales election provides a real opportunity to address the state’s extraordinary levels of ...
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Financial Resilience in Australia 2018

December 2018Completed
This report presents a headline measure of financial resilience in Australia in 2018, including a state comparison, and the population’s level of resources across all four components of financial resilience: ...
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Insights: Housing Affordability and Homelessness

October 2018Completed
This report examines the state of  homelessness in Australia. Housing is a human right. It is fundamental to people’s current lives and their futures. Where housing is safe, secure, affordable, ...
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Market Stewardship Actions for the NDIS: new report

October 2018Completed
In response to growing concerns over the development of markets within the NDIS, key bodies such as the Productivity Commission and the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance ...
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50 Lives 50 Homes - Second Evaluation Report

September 2018Completed
50 Lives 50 Homes is Perth’s first Housing First project and aims to rapidly house and support Perth’s most vulnerable rough sleepers. This is the second report of a series ...
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Inquiry into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes

August 2018Completed
The Inquiry aims to understand the opportunity, capacity and ability of social impact investment to address the complex social problem of how to improve housing and hopelessness outcomes in Australia. ...
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Competition and collaboration between service providers in the NDIS

August 2018Completed
Authors: Celia Green, Eleanor Malbon, Gemma Carey, Helen Dickinson and Daniel Reeders In recent decades governments in industrialised nations worldwide have been embracing market-based models for health and social care ...
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Homelessness in Western Australia

August 2018Completed
This report presents an overview of homelessness in Western Australia: its nature, composition, antecedents and consequences, and the policy and practice responses that we believe should be considered address it. ...
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The State of Homelessness in Australia's Cities

April 2018Completed
Authors: Paul Flatau, Katie Tyson, Zoe Callis, Ami Seivwright, Emily Box, Lobna Rouhani, Sze-Wan Ng, Noah Lester, Daniel Firth Since 2010, Australian homelessness services, largely operating in the inner city ...
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Ganging Up on the Problem: A collaborative approach to improving the lives of veterans

March 2018Completed
By Andrew Hocking The Australian veteran support system is not broken, but like most growing systems, it is at a natural growth point where an opportunity exists to further mature ...
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Promoting Work-Life Balance: Do Flexible Work Arrangements Really Work for Employees in Australia?

January 2018Completed
One-third of Australian employees have an agreement to work flexible hours, yet there is little evidence about whether flexible work arrangements in the workplace really promote work-life balance. This research ...
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Assessing the Impact of Opportunity Child in Mt Druitt

December 2017Completed
CSI will provide leadership and support for the development and implementation of a research framework to measure the progress, effort and outcomes of the collective impact initiative known as The ...
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Developing Shared Outcomes for The Housing and Homelessness Sectors project

October 2017Completed
The Centre for Social Impact in collaboration with Homelessness NSW is leading a project to support Specialist Homelessness Services, Community housing providers and others, to identify and select appropriate outcome ...
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Resilient Families, Strong Communities Mapping service expenditure and outcomes in the Pilbara and the Kimberley

October 2017Completed
Economic, social and cultural conditions in even relatively geographically close areas can differ greatly. National reports on Indigenous disadvantage compare Indigenous outcomes with non-Indigenous outcomes at the national or state ...
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Exploring Financial Wellbeing in the Australian Context

September 2017Completed
Money matters. It can determine, how we live, how stressed we feel and what options are available to us, now and in the future. The ability to manage money and ...
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Financial Resilience in Australia 2016

September 2017Completed
The lucky country is feeling the pinch. One in eight adults in Australia (12.6 per cent) experienced severe or high financial stress during the past year, up from 11.1 per ...
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Digital Inclusion Index 2017

September 2017Completed
Online participation is increasing across Australia, however gaps continue to exist between those who are digitally included and excluded, linked closely to social exclusion and disadvantage. The latest release of ...
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Collaboration Health Assessment Tool

July 2017Completed
The Collaboration Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) is a simple yet powerful online resource for measuring how collaborators are working together now and into the future. CHAT gives users the option ...
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Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series 8: Outcomes Measurement in the Community Sector

July 2017Completed
This is the eighth publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series, and the fifth report in the Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Western Australia Community Sector research program. ...
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50 Lives 50 Homes - First Year Evaluation Report

June 2017Completed
A new research study report on a campaign to house rough sleepers shows how long term homelessness is associated with high levels of health problems, trauma and disability. 50 Lives ...
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Bankwest Social Impact Series 7: A year in the life of WA's social enterprises

April 2017Completed
The Bankwest Foundation has partnered with the University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact (UWA CSI) to undertake a research program Supporting Development and Growth in the Community Sector ...
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Philanthropy and Philanthropists - Giving Australia

April 2017Completed
This report on philanthropy and philanthropists was prepared by the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSI Swinburne) in collaboration with The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS), Queensland ...
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Australia's Social Pulse

December 2016Completed
Australia's Social Pulse has a stand-alone website. You can access it here. Australia’s social purpose sector lacks a cohesive, consistent and reliable source that tracks our social progress. Without this, ...
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Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds Evaluation (SEDIF)

November 2016Completed
The evaluation has found that SEDIF has been a program innovation, mobilising more than 124% of its original public investment in private finance to support public policy objectives. Available data ...
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Bankwest Social Impact Series 6 - The future of outcomes measurement in the community sector in Western Australia

October 2016Completed
This is the sixth publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series, and the fourth report in the research stream of Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Western Australia Community ...
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Australian Digital Inclusion Index

August 2016Completed
The internet has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. But for the 3 million Australians who are still not online, the education, health, social and financial benefits of being ...
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Financial Resilience in Australia 2015

August 2016Completed
Financial exclusion has not shifted over the last 8 years in Australia. One in six people remain severely or fully financially excluded. This group continues to experience disadvantage across multiple ...
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What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

July 2016Completed
Our study examines five NPAH programs in Western Australia which support homeless people to access and sustain public housing allocations. In the standard case, without programs such as these, homeless ...
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Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series 5 - The practice, prevalence and funding of outcomes measurement in the community sector

July 2016Completed
This is the fifth publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series, and the third report in the research stream of Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Western Australia Community ...
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Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector: Final Report 2016

June 2016Completed
The FASES 2016 research project is a joint initiative of Social Traders and CSI Swinburne. Building on FASES 2010, the new report focuses on understanding challenges and opportunities experienced by ...
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Analysis of Annual Information Statement Data - The Australian Charities Report

April 2016Completed
Go to the website: australiancharities.acnc.gov.au Each year charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) need to lodge an Annual Information Statement (AIS) with the ACNC. This project ...
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Australia's Social Purpose Market: Understanding funding flows and exploring implications

April 2016Completed
This analysis was undertaken by PwC, as part of its partnership with the Centre for Social Impact, to estimate the scale in financial terms of the market involved in delivering ...
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Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia - Final Report

April 2016Completed
Homelessness is the ultimate experience of disadvantage and social exclusion. In 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that there were 44,000 young Australians under the age of 25 who ...
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The Financial Economy and Indigenous Young People In Australia

April 2016Completed
This report, funded by the First Nations Foundation, aims to better understand how Indigenous young people navigate the financial economy. It looks at the relationship between the Indigenous and mainstream ...
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Building gender equity and diversity in the Australian Construction Industry

January 2016Completed
Gender equity and diversity among construction sector professionals is a persistent problem which exacerbates skills shortages, reduces economic productivity and constrains innovative capacity. There is little understanding of why formal ...
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Developing a Prototype for a Shared Outcomes Databank for Australia

December 2015Completed
Are we making progress? Developing a prototype for a shared outcomes databank for Australia - aims to design and develop a prototype for a shared outcomes measurement. The databank will ...
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Gender Equality in Male Dominated Industries: Evidence from the 2014 Australian Workplace Relations Study

November 2015Completed
This project examines gender equality in male dominated industries using data from the 2014 Australian Workplace Relation Study (AWRS). It investigates direct measures of gender equality, such as gender pay ...
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Striving for a Better Future for our Kids and Knowing Whether We're Achieving It: Establishing the foundations for a shared outcomes framework for 0-8 year olds.

October 2015Completed
This project is part of the Opportunity Child initiative. It will provide a critical foundation for a shared outcomes framework for early childhood. It aims to identify key outcome areas ...
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Bankwest Social Impact Series 2 - Resourcing Social Enterprises: Approaches and challenges

August 2015Completed
The Bankwest Foundation has partnered with the University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact (UWA CSI) to undertake a research program Supporting Development and Growth in the Community Sector ...
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A shared outcomes measurement blueprint for Australia

August 2015Completed
Australia spends over $420bn a year across health, social services, education and a wide variety of other social issue domains. The total cost accounts for around 30% of GDP and ...
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Learning for Purpose

July 2015Completed
Download Here - Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector (2015) Full Report Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education ...
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The Travel Companion: Your guide to working with others for social outcomes

July 2015Completed
The Centre for Social Impact believes we need effective models of collaboration to develop innovative solutions to the biggest social challenges today. But not all problems require systemic change and ...
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Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector 2015 - Interim Report

June 2015Completed
Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector 2015, supported by Social Traders and led by Professor Barraket (now at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University) have completed the first stage ...
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Couchsurfing Students: The Yarra Ranges Youth Homelessness Prevention Project

June 2015Completed
The Couch Surfing Secondary Students (CSSS): Yarra Ranges Youth Homelessness Prevention Project has developed out of a research partnership between Anchor Youth Services, the Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment ...
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Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series 1 - Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Community Sector in Western Australia

March 2015Completed
The Bankwest Foundation and the University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact (UWA CSI) have partnered to produce a long-term series of research projects that will transform the way ...
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Eight Years on the Fringe: What has it meant to be severely or fully financially excluded in Australia?

March 2015Completed
This report presents the story of the severely or fully financially excluded across Australia over the 2006 - 2013 period.  Between 2006 and 2013, almost one in six people in ...
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The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia - Snapshot 1

February 2015Completed
A new report and the first national study of its kind, The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia, has revealed the extreme difficulties faced by homeless young people. Conducted to ...
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The Compass: Your Guide to Social Impact Measurement

November 2014Completed
The Compass is your guide to navigating social outcomes and impact measurement. This guide is for everyone working towards the creation of positive social impact in Australia and who wants to know ...
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We can't afford not to: supporting young people within their families and communities from early adolescence to early adulthood

June 2014Completed
One in five young people are disengaged from full-time school or work. They are at risk of social isolation, community disconnection and mental health problems. We know the problem, but ...
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Intellectual Disability and Complex Intersections: Marginalisation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme

May 2014Completed
This paper questions whether Australia's new disability support regime, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), can meet its aims for people with disabilities who also experience complex social disadvantage, using ...
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Measuring Financial Exclusion in Australia 2013

June 2013Completed
Authored by Chris Connolly In May 2011 the Centre for Social Impact published its first measurement of financial exclusion in Australia. The research – commissioned by NAB - is repeated ...
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Social Impact Bonds: An Australian Snapshot

November 2012Completed
Authored by Emma Tomkinson This paper captures insights from the presenters at the Centre for Social Impact’s inaugural Social Finance Forum, which focused on Social Impact Bonds. It presents the ...
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Measuring Financial Exclusion in Australia

May 2012Completed
Authored by Chris Connolly In May 2011 the Centre for Social Impact published its first measurement of financial exclusion in Australia. The research – commissioned by NAB - is repeated ...
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Australian Stories of Social Enterprise

April 2011Completed
Authored by Cheryl Kernot and Joanne McNeill “Australian Stories of Social Enterprise” was launched on 5 April 2011 by the former Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion, the Hon ...
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Report on the NSW Social Impact Bond Pilot

February 2011Completed
Authored by Peter Shergold, Cheryl Kernot, Les Hems, in partnership with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, JBWere, Macquarie Group, The Young Foundation Traditional ways of funding not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) to deliver programs ...
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Social Procurement in Australia

December 2010Completed
How organisations spend their money, who they purchase from, and what they purchase, can have profound social impacts. Companies whose suppliers have poor labour standards, or organisations whose purchases result ...
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Intersecting Transformations: Business and the Third Sector

December 2010Completed
Featuring papers by Peter Shergold, Helmut Anheier, David Vogel, Sandra Waddock, David Grayson, Marthe Nyssens The conference proceedings for the 2010 CSI International Research Conference, titled 'Intersecting Transformations: Business and ...
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Managing in a downturn: Impact of economic downturn in NfP organisations

July 2009Completed
Managing in a Downturn was the first comprehensive research project to assess the effect of the economic downturn on Australian charities and nonprofit organisations. It assessed the projected increases and ...
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The Common Cause Report into Sydney's Key Social Issues

July 2009Completed
The Common Cause project aimed to help create a more inclusive community and address issues of social disadvantage by making freely available an improved information framework to all interested parties who ...
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