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    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Level 28, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Join SIMNA VIC on 14 November to explore the emerging world of outcomes-based funding and commissioning.

    Best known as ‘Social Impact Bonds’, this session will discuss what outcomes-based funding is, what it means for social and community organisations, current trends and likely future directions, with examples from a recent entrant to the market describing their experience of the process.

    Concepts and Terminology

    The shift toward outcomes-based funding and contracting is underway. Governments both here and internationally are beginning to ask how they can better incentivise and support service organisations to deliver beneficial long-term outcomes for service users.

    The session will provide an understanding of basic outcomes-based funding and contracting terms including: Social Impact Bonds; Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage; Payment-by-Results; & Pay For Success.

    Attendees will get a first-hand account of the outcomes-based funding journey from Melbourne City Mission – which is contracting with the Victorian Government for Australia’s first education-focused Social Impact Bond. Melbourne City Mission is currently negotiating an outcomes-based contract with the Victorian Government.

    Our Speakers

    Dave Wells, Melbourne City Mission

    Dave is General Manager of Innovation, Impact and Government Affairs at Melbourne City Mission where he has worked at  for 8 years. Dave started the industry leading Hester Hornbrook Academy (MCM’s independent school) and a range of education and case management programs for homeless young people and those with other complex barriers to education participation. It was the need for additional wrap around supports in an education context, to ensure student engagement, that resulted in Dave tendering, and ultimately negotiating the details of the current round of Social Impact Bonds with the state government.

    Russ Wood, Co-Founder, Latitude Network

    Russ has 20 years experience working in strategy, policy, capital development and governance within NFP organisations, at all three levels of Government and in the private sector. Russ advised Sacred Heart Mission during negotiations for Victoria’s first Social Impact Bond, is advising Melbourne City Mission through its current negotiations and has worked in South Australia and NSW on Social Impact Bond projects. Russ has also travelled to the US and Europe to study outcomes-based funding and commissioning.

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Videoconference

    We will be conducting the meeting via Zoom videoconference. You can also dial in use audio if you would like (we encourage you to use the video). 

    Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on Thursday, 14 November at 4pm AEDT (3.30pm Adelaide time, 3pm Brisbane time and 1pm Perth time). 


    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/857484771


    One tap mobile: 

    Australia: +61871501149,,857484771# or +61280152088,,857484771#  

    Or dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)  

    Australia: +61 (0) 8 7150 1149  or +61 (0) 2 8015 6011  

    Meeting ID: 857 484 771

    If you are interested in hosting and/or attending a get together with members in your area, please let us know by COB Wednesday 7 November 2019. We will do our best to arrange.


    Key documents are shared with you, below. These papers will be tabled at the meeting:  

    SIMNA Ltd AGM Nov 2019 Notice and Agenda.pdf

    SIMNA Ltd AGM Nov 2018 Minutes.pdf

    Other documents will follow, including the 2018-19 Annual Review, Balance Sheet as at June 2019 and Profit & Loss Statement for FY19.    


    As at October 2019, there are 8 Directors of SIMNA. At this AGM, 5 of these Directors are up for re-election. We are excited that each of these 5 Directors are nominating for re-election for another 3 year term.  

    It is the current Board’s unanimous recommendation that members vote for these 5 Directors to continue in post, to ensure continuity, stability and further growth of SIMNA. 

      We are also seeking 2 additional Board members to join us! 

      Details will follow shortly outlining the nomination process.

      The SIMNA Team

      • 19 Nov 2020

      It’s our mission to grow a vibrant network of individuals and organisations that embrace, practice, share knowledge and promote social impact measurement.

      SIMNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 4pm AEDT (3.30pm Adelaide time, 3pm Brisbane time and 1pm Perth time). 

      We will have a videoconference line where members can meet for the AGM. Please dial into the meeting. Details and registration will follow in October.

    Past events

    16 Oct 2019 SIMNA WA Event - Starting Where You Are
    13 Sep 2019 Measuring outcomes and impact with young people in Western Sydney
    4 Sep 2019 SIMNA VIC: Shared measurement - joined-up approaches for social impact measurement
    24 Jul 2019 Evolving Practice of Social Impact Measurement: 10 Trends to Watch
    17 Jul 2019 SIMNA Breakfast: Queensland Social Benefit Bond Update
    16 Jul 2019 Delivering Social Value: Who is responsible for catalysing change?
    3 Jul 2019 'Design-a-measurement' networking event
    28 May 2019 Measuring the impact of growth and change in Greater Western Sydney
    9 Apr 2019 Using social impact measurement in operational decision-making
    26 Mar 2019 What is the role of ethics in impact measurement, and how does it work in practice?
    14 Mar 2019 SIMNA Ltd. Board Meeting
    6 Dec 2018 SIMNA Ltd. Board Meeting
    15 Nov 2018 SIMNA Annual General Meeting
    12 Nov 2018 SIMNA WS: Official Breakfast Launch
    18 Oct 2018 SIMNA NSW: 2018 SIMNA Awards Ceremony
    16 Oct 2018 SIMNA WA: Speed Networking and End of Year Cheer
    19 Sep 2018 SIMNA QLD: Winning Off the Field - Assessing Sport's Social Impact
    29 Aug 2018 SIMNA QLD: Measuring What Counts
    28 Aug 2018 SIMNA QLD: Your Job Your Way
    17 Jul 2018 SIMNA WA: Measurement Cafe
    5 Jul 2018 SIMNA NSW: A 360 degree view of collecting outcomes data: reflections from impact measurement and frontline staff
    26 Jun 2018 SIMNA QLD: Measuring Success and Social Impact – Insights from the UK Affordable Housing Sector
    22 May 2018 SIMNA VIC Event: Actionable Impact Management – A New Framework for Social Impact Measurement
    15 May 2018 SIMNA WA Event: What if? Exploring the counterfactual in impact evaluation
    26 Apr 2018 SIMNA VIC Event: Lessons for the field: Client Outcomes in the Changing AOD Environment
    3 Apr 2018 SIMNA NSW: Measuring success of place-based approaches
    26 Mar 2018 SIMNA QLD: Social Benefit Bonds – Lessons From the Front Line
    27 Feb 2018 SIMNA WA: Evaluation strategies for systems change: The Youth Partnership Project
    23 Nov 2017 SIMNA Annual General Meeting
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