Commentary

Simple strategies for communicating the impact of social service programs

Image: Shutterstock Times are changing. Not only do you have to be good at what you do, increasingly you need to show the outcomes of what you do. CSSA Research Director, Brenton Prosser, explores some simple strategies for social service providers to display their good work with more impact. Around the world, governments need more hard...

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A Fairer Tax System

While Anthony Albanese and his Labor team contemplate another three years in opposition, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is already working the cross-benches to garner support for his ambitious personal income tax cuts program. Mr Morrison’s tax cuts narrative is clear: the tax system needs to be fairer and provide better reward for effort. Read more at...

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What UK pollsters can tell Australians about citizen engagement and the 2019 federal election

Why didn’t we see it coming?  How did the pollsters get it so wrong? What was behind the polls that consistently put Labor ahead over the past 12 months?  How could political parties ever change their prime ministers because of polls again? These are but a few of the questions being asked in the...

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A job is the best form of welfare

With its announcement of an overhaul of the Jobactive program, the Australian Labor Party last week made the first move of the year on employment policy. But with a federal election looming, we ought to prepare ourselves for a mantra of “jobs” and “the economy”. Read more at Pro Bono Australia.

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Schools as ‘wrap-around hubs’ in disadvantaged communities

By Brenton Prosser PhD Over the last few years, there has been growing interest around school-led community initiatives to respond to challenges in areas of entrenched disadvantage. It is not as though community hubs are a new idea, while place-based projects have been around for over a decade. But it raises the question of what...

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Any Shift to Outcomes Based Funding for Social Services Must Proceed in Partnership

FOR SOME TIME NOW, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE POINTED TO THE CONTRADICTION OF BEING FUNDED BY THE NUMBER OF SERVICES THEY DELIVER FOR PROGRAMS THAT ESPOUSE BETTER CLIENT OUTCOMES. NOW, WITH INCREASED COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT INTEREST IN OUTCOMES BASED APPROACHES, IS THIS A CASE OF BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR? The traditional way...

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