What does Social Innovation mean for us?

NSW is a robust and thriving economy, yet many of its residents continue to live in disadvantage.

Into the future, as our population ages, the inequality gap widens, and demand on human services escalates, we will need to pay closer attention to addressing and solving social problems – collaboratively, better and more efficiently.

Social innovation is a growing and critical area of focus in NSW and many players, large and small, are active in this space.

The NSW Government engages NGOs to deliver approximately $4 billion of human services each year.

We are committed to systemic change and to working with NGOs, social enterprises, the private sector and the community to find innovative ways to deliver services and achieve better outcomes for the people of NSW.

What’s government doing?

Social Innovation Council

Within government, social innovation is being championed by the Social Innovation Council (SIC).

The SIC is a strategic partnership between the NSW Government and the Forum of Non-Government Agencies (FONGA). It has been established to accelerate innovation in the way human services are developed, delivered and measured, to improve human services outcomes.

The SIC has various initiatives in play, including the Human Services Data Hub, a new High Performance Framework and a Human Services Outcomes Framework, all to transform the way human services are assessed, managed and delivered.

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The Office of Social Impact Investment

Social impact investment is championed in NSW by the Office of Social Impact Investment (OSII) under government’s Social Impact Investment Policy.

The policy commits government to identifying areas of opportunity where better outcomes could be achieved through social impact investment.

In 2016, policy areas were identified in both the 2016 Statement of Opportunities and NSW 2016-17 Budget. Following the implementation of two very successful Social Impact Bonds, two new requests for proposals (RFPs) have recently been announced.

The new RFPs will seek innovation and enhanced outcomes in permanency for children in out-of-home care and increasing access to early childhood education.

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