The Department of Social Services (DSS) has commissioned research aimed at improving the knowledge base about giving and volunteering patterns and trends to support evidence-based policy development.
Leading practice in community & philanthropy partnerships
This report is based on outcomes reported by the grant recipients, as well as on more than twenty interviews with grant recipients and their partners, capturing their experience and leading practice in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing social challenges across rural, regional and urban communities nationally.
Collective giving and its role in Australian philanthropy
The research report, Collective giving and its role in Australian philanthropy, sheds light on the emergence of collective giving, a relatively new model of giving in Australia that involves individuals coming together and pooling their resources to fund social change.
Giving Australia 2016
DSS on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership (the Partnership) commissioned the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies to manage Giving Australia 2016 in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Social Impact and Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.
Social impact investing research
DSS commissioned the Social impact investing research report. The report provides a comprehensive summary of the evidence available on various forms of social impact investment and is designed to be a useful reference for government, philanthropy and charitable sectors.
Giving and volunteering in culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous communities
DSS, on behalf of the Partnership, commissioned a research report to better understand volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.
Program Related Investment research project
To support the development of advice to Government by the impact investing and partnership’s working group of the Partnership, DSS commissioned Philanthropy Australia to undertake research in relation to how Program Related Investments (PRIs) could operate in Australia.
Technology and platforms for giving and volunteering
The Department commissioned the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies to research emerging technology and platforms for giving of money, goods and skilled and un-skilled volunteering in Australia and overseas.
Giving and Volunteering in Australia 2014: Environmental Scan/Literature Review
Giving and Volunteering in Australia: literature review summarises the findings of a comprehensive literature search that identifies relevant research on giving and volunteering in Australia. The report comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used and the lessons that can be learned for the development of a future research agenda.