Economics can certainly add the ‘oomph’ factor. Economic tools deal with how well (or poorly) we are using available resources from dollars to human capital, and as the old saying goes ‘there is more than one way to cook an egg’. In the last blog within our Health Economist series we draw on a couple of examples to show how they can be used to help commissioning organisations.
Resource-based allocation exercises, such as the one we discussed in our previous blogs can be powerful catalysts for moving towards outcomes-based commissioning as it puts a transparent funding formula supported by best available evidence on the co-design table.
To cut through some of the complexity in this journey, we propose a basic two-year step-by-step roadmap for advancing towards outcomes-based commissioning and incentivising performance, which can be adapted to any existing co-design process.
Grant and tender writing can be challenging for people in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector who are more accustomed to project management or client facing roles. Over the last couple of years, we’ve supported many NFPs to submit high quality grant and tender applications across topic areas from mental health, alcohol and other drugs, health and wellbeing, disability, employment, and many more!
Based on our experience in seeing the good, bad and ugly of grant and tender writing, we’ve compiled a list of super practical tips for not-for-profit organisations to ponder prior to ripping in to their next grant or tender application.
Let's get into it!
Today (7 August) marks Aged Care Employee Day 2019, an industry-driven initiative to recognise and celebrate the contribution of aged care employees across Australia. Given our ongoing work in this space, we felt the best way for our team to recognise Aged Care Employee Day was to share some trends and insights we’ve uncovered that might help the sector as a whole better support aged care employees around Australia.
Toward the end of 2018, the My Health Record debacle played itself out in the Australian media, highlighting inherent challenges in digitisation of healthcare. Despite these challenges, namely privacy and security, it is critical that service delivery across the health sector is able to keep up with the pace of digital development and integrate it to support the expressed needs and priorities of consumers.
We recently finished up some work with a client partner to refresh their clinical governance framework. Along the way, we learnt a few things that we think are worth sharing with other health and social service providers about how to make governance better serve the important work they do.
The most recent estimate of the size of corporate philanthropy in Australia totalled over $17.5 billion in 2015-16. We feel the conversation is about how to bring together business leaders and charity and non-profit sector leaders (especially those organisations who do great work but aren’t savvy fundseekers) to find shared goals and work as partners to make change happen.
All of us here at Beacon are equal parts sad and excited to announce some changing faces in the team.
We were very excited to welcome Bec Patterson to our expanding team last month as a Senior Consultant. Bec brings a new approach and unique skill set to us as a specialist in policy-making, strategic planning and sustainable community development, with over 10 years’ experience in senior roles in local government and more recently in the world of community and social services consulting.
Program monitoring and evaluation are critical pieces of the puzzle for organisations seeking to demonstrate their impact, enhance service delivery and position themselves for future investment. In this post, we profile an evaluation we recently undertook of CHIME, a program designed and delivered by Open Minds supporting people with a severe and complex mental illness to recovery in their community.
Patient experience is increasingly recognised as one of the three ‘pillars of quality in healthcare’ alongside clinical effectiveness and patient safety. The health care sector is heavily regulated, however delivering a compliant service does not necessarily translate to a good service experience for the consumer. An increasingly common strategy used by organisations to measure patient experience is to undertake patient journey mapping.
We were pleased to welcome Beth Burgess to the Beacon Strategies team earlier this month, who we are excited to have on board as our Communication, Engagement and Change Consultant.
Did you know that less than half of people working in the Australian not-for-profit sector report that they receive formal professional development opportunities?
We proudly work alongside clients in a diverse range of sectors and organisation types. Our consulting approach involves applying a structured and logical process to help organisations define problems and contribute to solutions that lead to positive social change. We’ve recently developed a series of short, low-cost and high-value workshops to support people working in the health and social services sector to better plan, design, implement and evaluate programs.
We are pleased to welcome another new member of the Beacon team, Melissa Ram, who started with us last week. Mel comes to us from the Brisbane South PHN and brings strong project management and stakeholder engagement expertise, with experience working in the primary health and NGO contexts. We asked Mel all the usual questions to find out a bit more about her.
Earlier this year we were engaged by Belong to support a detailed needs assessment, service design and business case development process for Flourish. The Flourish business case development process was a market-led approach to designing an intensive early years intervention service aimed toward breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage in two pilot sites (Brisbane South: Acacia Ridge and surrounds, Brisbane North: Keperra and surrounds). The Flourish partnership group was a collaborative effort between Belong, Communify and Act for Kids.
In 2017, we worked closely with one of our valued partners Open Minds to design and obtain funding for the Community Links in Caboolture (CLIC) program. CLIC is a community-based model of support for people who frequently utilise hospital services. It is a time-bound, intensive service model, focused on delivering individualised support within a recovery framework. Now as the service moves into the implementation phase up until June 2019, Beacon Strategies will be working alongside Open Minds as the evaluation partner.
Way back in August, 2017 we had mentioned that we were busy working with Northern Rivers Community Gateway (NRCG) to develop a practice and purpose framework.
We know that all of you have been sitting around thinking ‘I wonder where that practice framework got to?’. Well, today is your lucky day, we are finally going to deliver on our promise of sharing said practice framework with you all.
We are pleased to introduce two new members of the Beacon team, Aurore and Lili.
When we recently mapped out our strategic priorities for the next three years, building our team was one of our commitments. This move represents an exciting step, which gives us extra capacity to support new and existing client partners while bringing in new skills and fresh ideas.
We sat down with the newest members of the Beacon team and asked a few questions to learn a bit more about them.
One of our key projects during the second half of 2017 was to support a client in planning their expansion into Queensland. In this article, we describe the steps we undertook, what we found, and how a similar approach can help ensure organisations considering expansion to do so successfully.