Join SIMNA NSW for an end of year celebration and panel discussion exploring trends in social impact measurement to emerge in 2016 and what we can expect for 2017. Les Hems will facilitate the panel, which includes Dr Gillian Considine from The Smith Family and Mark Peacock from the Impact Investing team at Social Ventures Australia. This is a great opportunity to hear from a SIMNA Award winning organisation, understand what has been happening in the social impact space, connect with other people doing this work, and hear from the experts about their experiences.
This special evening event is being held on Tuesday 6 December and is being hosted by Urbis. Tickets are $10.
Note: Drinks and nibbles will be provided on the night.
Places are limited, so be sure to register today!
About this workshop
We will be convening a panel of social impact measurement experts to discuss their experience over the last year and thoughts for the year ahead. The panel includes Dr Gillian Considine from The Smith Family, winners of the SIMNA Awards 2016 for Excellence in Social Impact Measurement. Mark Peacock from the Impact Investing team at Social Ventures Australia will also be part of the panel, to discuss the significant movement in the Social Impact Bond (SIB) space this year.
Each panellist will provide a snapshot of their work in the past year, and our facilitator, Les Hems will then lead us in a discussion regarding general reflections and thoughts on what is ahead in 2017.
About our speakers
Dr Gillian Considine from The Smith Family. The 2016 SIMNA Award for Excellence in Social Impact Measurement was awarded to The Smith Family at the Think Outcomes Conference, organised by SIMNA in association with the Centre for Social Impact and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. The Smith Family’s social impact measurement of Learning for Life has a strong focus on the quantitative measurement of three longer-term key outcomes for all participating students. These measures – of school attendance, Year 12 completion and post school engagement in education and employment – were chosen because research shows their importance for long-term social and economic wellbeing. Analysis of the progress and outcomes being achieved by individual students, and different groups of students, such as those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds is undertaken. This helps identify where additional student support or program refinements may be required. Analysis is at the aggregate level and also tracks year on year changes. The Smith Family’s CEO, Dr Lisa O’Brien said 34,000 disadvantaged young Australians across the nation were being supported in their education through Learning for Life, with ongoing social impact measurement embedded into every aspect of the program. Read more about The Smith Family here
Mark Peacock joined SVA in 2012 and is a Director within the Impact Investing team. Specifically, Mark works across the social, affordable, disability and Indigenous housing sectors to structure financing opportunities that generate both a financial and social return for investors and the broader community. Mark is part of the team at SVA that manage Australia's first social benefit bond with UnitingCare and the NSW Government. Mark previously worked at CBA and Westpac for a decade, across a range of management roles in product, pricing and marketing. In addition, Mark lived and worked in South East Asia as a strategic advisor with Opportunity International and in a commercial banking role with ANZ.
Third panellist TBC.
About our facilitator
Les Hems brings more than 20 years experience in research design, qualitative and quantitative research methods, evaluation, problem and program analysis, and outcomes and value measurement. Les is a Director within the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team of EY (Ernst & Young). Les has held senior research positions at the Net Balance Research Institute, UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact, University College London, and Johns Hopkins University.