Social Impact

The Social Impact Collection is curated in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology. This collection contains the latest research on social issues, the social purpose sector, collaboration and measuring outcomes.  

Social Impact

Discussion paper

6 Dec 2018

This issues paper argues that the continued use of gender stereotypes and increasing reliance on images that sexualise and objectify women in advertisements undermines efforts to promote gender equality in Australia. The studies cited in this paper demonstrate that there is a clear business case...

Report

4 Dec 2018

The major conclusion that has come out of the various debates surrounding energy policy is that there is a serious electricity and power affordability problem across the National Electricity Market (NEM). Price increases over the last decade are significantly affecting Australian businesses and consumers.

Report

4 Dec 2018

This report presents the findings of the eleventh Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion survey. For the first time in Australia, the surveys enable annual tracking of public opinion on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

Report

26 Nov 2018

Given the developments in the Australian property market since 2015-16, and the repeated claims from Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg and others, that reform of the negative gearing policy would have severe negative impacts, this report argues that it's time to revisit the policy, in light...

Report

26 Nov 2018

This report is the first of its kind to apply the deprivation approach to examine deprivation among young Australians using information provided by young people themselves. It builds on earlier projects that developed and applied the approach used here to adults.

Report

National economic and social impact survey 2018
20 Nov 2018

This report provides an insight into the struggles and difficulties many Australians face trying to meet rising energy prices, pay the rent and feed their families. ESIS respondents are certainly feeling the pinch and facing unprecedented hardships.

Report

20 Nov 2018

This study demonstrates the value added by smaller community service organisations in Australia, in the context of changes in the commissioning of government-funded services. Case studies were conducted in four states, with four non-profit providers of support to young people in their transition to work....

Guide

Making money work harder
19 Nov 2018

This practice guide shares the funding tools that Nesta has used to support innovation, and offers practical advice on how to make money work harder using a range of financial approaches.

Report

14 Nov 2018

There is very limited rough sleeping literature and what does exist has focused predominantly on men. This is one of the largest samples of women sleeping rough in Australian cities. From this sample, we are seeing that women who are sleeping rough have poorer health...

Report

13 Nov 2018

VCOSS and NATSEM have launched this major report and online mapping project, providing new data and analysis. Poverty data for Victoria has been broken down, allowing policy makers to better target the needs of people in different places.

Guide

7 Nov 2018

This report argues that impact at the scale required to bring real change to people’s lives and conserve the planet will only be delivered through bold action to drive solutions and the investment to resource them.

Report

2 Nov 2018

Humanitarianism is changing with the digital age and with new modes of networked communication and interaction. The research presented in this report offers new insights into the way people engage with humanitarian activities in their local contexts and everyday lives.

Commentary

2 Nov 2018

The data science boom shouldn’t be limited to business insights and profit margins. When used ethically, big data can help solve some of society’s most difficult social and environmental problems.

Article

30 Oct 2018

SVA’s incoming CEO, Suzie Riddell, asks Goodstart how, as a social enterprise, it balances its commercial and social goals; and what role influencing the system plays in meeting its purpose.

Article

30 Oct 2018

Malcolm Garrow, Executive Director, Consulting at Social Ventures Australia explores the importance of being intentional about who to engage in the strategy development process, and offers guidance on how to do it well.

Report

The experience of single mothers on Welfare to Work (report)
29 Oct 2018

This report finds the Welfare to Work policy is not only failing to help single mothers find employment, it is increasing their financial insecurity and eroding their attempts to find work and become self-reliant.

Report

24 Oct 2018

This report assembles the evidence from official statistics, academic research and other publicly available information about the lived experience of homelessness and housing affordability in Australia.

Report

22 Oct 2018

While the NDIS promises to improve the lives of more than 400,000 Australians with a disability, the scheme has been marred by a range of implementation challenges. In particular, there has been much concern over 'thin' markets. This report draws together the international literature on...

Report

20 Oct 2018

This study is the product of a research collaboration between AMES Australia and Deloitte Access Economics, and focuses on resettlement of Karen refugees in Greater Bendigo, a substantial regional centre in central Victoria.

Report

Information, insight and observation for the benefit of donors and fundraisers
26 Sep 2018

The concept of a charitable organisation may need to be reimagined, as governments look to pay for success, donors move away from hand-outs and charity leaders have begun to reposition their organisations as sustainable social enterprises, according to this report.