Challenging the accountability agenda: what increases an NGO’s trustworthiness? British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir When it comes to a non-governmental organisation’s trustworthiness, there is an unexplored assumption in the literature that the implementation of accountability measures will increase trust. Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir explain why this ‘accountability solution’ may not in itself increase trust, and that it … [Read More] Challenging the accountability agenda: what increases an NGO’s trustworthiness? British Politics & Policy at LSE

Celebrity Charities Just Compete with all Other Charities: So why start one? – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Margaret Faulkner, Senior Research Associate, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, University of South Australia. Despite the enormous number of charities in the world, more are established every year – and many also disappear. Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission data shows that, since 2012, 8,500 charities have been registered and more than 13,500 have been … [Read More] Celebrity Charities Just Compete with all Other Charities: So why start one? – The Conversation

Older-person Volunteering in Rural and Regional Australia: Recruitment, retention, and health benefits – Educational Gerontology

ABSTRACT Australian volunteer agencies are experiencing a shortage of volunteers along with an ageing workforce population. An examination was made of the current volunteer population at a regional Australian center (St. Vincent de Paul) in relation to recruitment and retention. A 30-question multiple-choice questionnaire examined the factors that affect volunteers’ capacity to engage in work … [Read More] Older-person Volunteering in Rural and Regional Australia: Recruitment, retention, and health benefits – Educational Gerontology

Co-designed systems change: Summer Foundation’s journey – Generosity

Extract from an article by Di Winkler As the Summer Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary, Di Winkler shares insights from the foundation’s experience of co-designing systems change to keep young people out of nursing homes. The not for profit and philanthropic sectors tend to underestimate the time, energy and resources required to take a piece of … [Read More] Co-designed systems change: Summer Foundation’s journey – Generosity

Liquid advocacy: Social welfare advocacy in neoliberal times – International Journal of Social Welfare

ABSTRACT This article examines current inconsistent trends in social welfare advocacy literature. Some studies show evidence of widespread engagement in advocacy by nonprofit organisations, while other studies conversely offer evidence of limited advocacy activities. Another controversial aspect stems from the question whether governmental funding undermines the extent to which nonprofits engage in advocacy. We argue … [Read More] Liquid advocacy: Social welfare advocacy in neoliberal times – International Journal of Social Welfare

Can we have a pro-community welfare state without the Big Society bullsh*t? The Power to Persuade

Extract from an article by Simon Duffy In this blog Simon Duffy explores the question of how to narrow the gap between public services (the official welfare state) and the community. He asks whether it is possible for use to develop a pro-community welfare state, one which works in harmony with its citizens, not against them. … [Read More] Can we have a pro-community welfare state without the Big Society bullsh*t? The Power to Persuade

Voluntary Sector Review: Free articles on the ARNOVA16’s conference theme – Policy Press (UK)

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) met in Washington, D.C., 17-19 November 2016. This year’s conference focuses on policy and partnerships between the non-profit and philanthropic sectors and government in an era of change. Below is a selection of free articles from Voluntary Sector Review? The below articles are free to access … [Read More] Voluntary Sector Review: Free articles on the ARNOVA16’s conference theme – Policy Press (UK)

Siting of human services facilities and the not in my back yard phenomenon: a critical research review – Community Development Journal

ABSTRACT Current research on local siting conflicts are primarily about environmental threats. Following a boom during the two last decades of the 1900s, research on community opposition to the establishment of human services is a shrinking field with inadequate articulation and comparisons of various approaches. The aim of this research review is to critically scrutinize … [Read More] Siting of human services facilities and the not in my back yard phenomenon: a critical research review – Community Development Journal

The limits of user-choice in specialised health and human services – The Power to Persuade

Extract from an article by Thu-Trang Tran Specialised health and human services have ‘credence attributes’ that make it difficult for users to discern the ‘true’ technical qualities of the care they receive, even after they have received the service and all the associated information. Recent behavioural economics research confirms that patients were inaccurate in assessing the … [Read More] The limits of user-choice in specialised health and human services – The Power to Persuade

The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Overview from the Rev Tim Costello, Chair CCA Imagine an Australia where incarceration rates are falling, where the suicide rate is less than the road toll, where levels of violence against women and children have been significantly reduced? Imagine an Australia where your postcode or cultural identity does not define your chance of getting an education or a job or living … [Read More] The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist Country is less fair, less safe and has more people in prison than comparable nations, says Community Council of Australia A report by the Community Council of Australia has shattered perceptions that Australia is a country of the “fair go”, finding it is less fair, less safe, and with … [Read More] Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report – The Guardian

A Thematic Heritage Study on Australia’s Benevolent and other Care Institutions: Thematic Study – Australian Heritage Council

INTRODUCTION – Extract The Department of the Environment has commissioned a thematic heritage study focusing on the topic of benevolent and other care institutions. This topic is part of a wider thematic group called Nation Building which seeks to provide an understanding of Australia’s heritage in relation to historic processes which have helped shape and … [Read More] A Thematic Heritage Study on Australia’s Benevolent and other Care Institutions: Thematic Study – Australian Heritage Council

Welfare budget lessons from Pre-Industrial England: why the ‘big society’ idea may not work 19 G – British Politics and Policy at LSE

Extract Cutting welfare spending is unlikely to lead to an increase in private voluntary work and charitable giving, explain Nina Boberg-Fazlic and Paul Sharp. Using historical data from late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England, they illustrate how parts of the country that saw increased levels of spending under the Poor Laws also enjoyed higher … [Read More] Welfare budget lessons from Pre-Industrial England: why the ‘big society’ idea may not work 19 G – British Politics and Policy at LSE

Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

This preliminary findings report was released on 22 September 2016. You are invited to examine the preliminary findings report and make written submissions by Thursday 27 October 2016. The study report will be released in November 2016. The Commission will then commence the second stage of the inquiry Reforms to Human Services. The purpose of … [Read More] Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

New issue: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

Issue: Fall 2016, Volume 14, Number 4 Many organizations claim to be innovative, but few have actually taken the time to learn and master the process of innovation. In the fall 2016 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review we are thrilled to publish an article, “When Innovation Goes Wrong,” that explores the process. One of the most … [Read More] New issue: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

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