Researching & Realising Not-for-Profit Capability Development
We help understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world.
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Researching the state, need, and effect of Not-for-Profit knowledge, skills and abilities, and the mechanisms on how to best develop them.
To achieve the full potential of the Australian Not-for-Profit sector, our research creates evidence and intelligence on its workforce to inform organisational leaders, learning providers, funders, and policy makers.
Findings from measuring the impact of professional development and work learning on people, organisations, and purpose. read more
Exploratory findings about the challenges and opportunities to develop Not-for-Profit leaders and leadership capabilities. read more
Designing, delivering, advising, evaluating, and resourcing activities that realise desired Not-for-Profit knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Research shows that the right knowledge, skills, and abilities make Not-for-Profit employees and volunteers more effective in their roles, and this facilitates organisational performance and viability for greater social impact on the purposes all serve. We put the latest knowledge and evidence into practice.
Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector.
We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world.
The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the not-for-profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists.
The Learning for Purpose initiative uses applies science to:
evaluate training effectiveness and its social impact
diagnose work learning structures within organisations
inform work learning practice and policy
re/design leader development programs
analyse data on people and performance
develop workforce strategies
facilitate action learning experiences
publish reports, translate research, author white papers
share the most effective means for growing Not-for-Profit people, organisations, and their social impact.
Centre for Social Impact | The University of Western Australia
The Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia Business School (CSI UWA) is a catalyst for change in our world, creating and delivering education that transforms, research that creates evidence and informs best practice, and public engagement that inspires and mobilises change makers.
The University of Western Australia is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, and a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities. The three CSI at UWA, UNSW and Swinburne University collaborate to take a systems approach to developing innovative solutions to the biggest social challenges today, with a vision for a better Australia tomorrow.
The CSI UWA developed and leads the Learning for Purpose initiative to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the key competencies for positive change.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines. It brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
The mission of the ARC is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community. The outcomes of ARC-funded research deliver cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians.
During 2015-2018 the ARC funds several Learning for Purpose research studies through a Linkage grant (LP140100245).
The Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian Not-for-Profit employees and volunteers to undertake education, training and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.
ASF works with a multiple education partners and supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. ASF does not provide any education and training programs in its own right, although it commissions education providers and private companies to deliver specific programs that meet Not-for-Profit needs.
Since 2012 ASF supports the Learning for Purpose initiative through significant intellectual and in-kind support.
BHP Billiton is among the world’s top producers of major commodities including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. We also have substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal.
Through its Social Investment Framework BHP Billiton aims to make a distinctive contribution to some of the most pressing sustainable development challenges of our generation. BHP Billiton proudly supports projects that build livelihoods and improve social inclusion in our local communities.
BHP Billiton proudly supports the first Australian Action Learning Program for Not-for-Profit organisations.
Australian Executor Trustees (AET) helps Australians build, manage, protect and transfer their wealth to give them peace of mind about their financial future. Its philanthropic services include creating and managing charitable trusts and acting as their professional trustee.
AET has a proud heritage of helping Australians give back to the community, such as by helping individuals, families and organisations create personalised and everlasting charitable giving programs. AET is committed to growing philanthropy in Australia through education programs for financial advisers, collaboration with industry and ongoing research.
Through its Community Program AET supports the national Not-for-Profit Workforce Study of the Learning for Purpose research agenda.
Origin Foundation believes in the power of education to help transform lives and improve communities. It supports programs that use education to help break the cycle of disadvantage and empower young Australians to reach their potential.
Among other focus areas, Origin Foundation seeks to build a stronger community sector by increasing the professionalism and productivity of the Not-for-Profit sector through training and development.
From 2012-2015 Origin Foundation funded the inaugural research studies of the Learning for Purpose initiative.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, and a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities.
UNSW is represented in the Learning for Purpose initiative through scholars at the UNSW Australia Business School and its local Centre for Social Impact. The mission is to conduct high quality applied research and to prepare students for the workplace.
The Swinburne University of Technology is a world-ranked institution and university with a strong focus on research, entrepreneurship and innovation. Close links with business and industry ensure that the University’s study programs are responsive to the demands of the real world.
Swinburne University is represented in the Learning for Purpose initiative through scholars in its Faculty of Business and Law and its local Centre for Social Impact. The mission is to conduct high quality applied research and to prepare students for the workplace.
EthicalJobs.com.au is a job-search site for people who want to work for a better world. It lists community jobs, environmental jobs, not-for-profit jobs and social enterprise jobs that contribute to a more equitable, more just or more sustainable world.
The goal is to bring together people and organisations with a passion for sustainability and justice, to provide resources to help people find a job that makes a difference, and to help organisations with a social or environmental mission to find the best staff they possibly can. EthicalJobs.com.au is now a fast-growing community of people and organisations dedicated to making the world a better place.
EthicalJobs.com.au supports Learning for Purpose research agenda through intellectual and in-kind support.