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Researching & Realising
Not-for-Profit Capability Development

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Research Learning

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.

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Not-for-Profit Workforce Study

To understand and share freely the most effective means for growing Not-for-Profit people, organisations, and their impact. The largest research study on and for the Not-for-Profit workforce.

  • Describing the most important Not-for-Profit sector knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Charting the sector’s needs and barriers for developing those key competencies.
  • Identifying what matters most for making work more developmental, meaningful, productive.

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Realise Learning

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.

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Action Learning for Purpose Program

To accelerate individual and organisational development in the Not-for-Profit sector through action learning and tools that facilitate the solution of real-world problems.

  • address an organisational challenge for greater impact
  • develop new capabilities and grow as leader
  • collaborate within and across organisations

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[Interview] Phil Butler on Not-for-Profit culture, directors and analytics

We are talking to Phil Butler, sector leader for Not-for-Profits at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He has been in this role for 2 years, having pr [...]

Attention to the (Not-for-Profit) People

Last week we launched the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, designed as the largest and most important research study ever on and for NFP organisations, and all [...]

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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.