Social Innovation Award 2017

 

We want to acknowledge outstanding social innovation

We know that finding valuable opportunities is not limited to Macquarie Group’s clients, our shareholders and our people. It’s also about how we can support prospects within the community sector, with progress often occurring when innovative ideas are encouraged.

Macquarie’s Australian Social Innovation Award was established in 2010 to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Macquarie Group Foundation. The Award recognises, promotes and rewards new ideas that work to meet pressing community social needs, alleviate disadvantage and promote social inclusion within Australia. It seeks to fund an organisation that has worked collaboratively to cut across organisational or sectoral boundaries, resulting in compelling new social relationships and positive social outcomes.

About the 2017 Award

Macquarie’s 2017 Australian Social Innovation Award is valued at $100,000, delivered across two years in $50,000 instalments.

Applicants need to demonstrate that their organisation or program has benefited or has the potential to further benefit Australians and addresses an unmet community need. It must have been in existence for at least two years but no more than five years and be unique to other services in Australia. The Foundation recognises that social innovation is often about new combinations or hybrids of existing ideas rather than being wholly new.

The Award will fund further investment in or development of the organisation or program nominated under the Award.

Award objectives:

  • to recognise the organisation’s contribution to the community through an innovative solution that has addressed an unmet social need
  • to reward the organisation for the excellence demonstrated through its initiative
  • to promote the organisation’s activity in the public sphere
  • to inspire organisations within the community sector to strive for excellence through the implementation of social innovation.

This award has now closed for 2017.

2017 Social Innovation Award Winner: Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The challenge 

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a leading disability charity with a 70-year history of service provision for people with cerebral palsy. They are harnessing technology and innovation to accelerate the search for new and improved treatments, interventions and equipment for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through the ‘Remarkable Accelerator program’.

The program was established in 2014 and is the first disability tech-focussed start up accelerator in Australia. Cerebral Palsy Alliance will use the grant funding to support user-testers to help with product validation, as well provide start-up grants.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance was awarded the $100,000 grant in August 2017. Results will be shared in due course.

2017 Social Innovation Award Winner: Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The challenge 

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a leading disability charity with a 70-year history of service provision for people with cerebral palsy. They are harnessing technology and innovation to accelerate the search for new and improved treatments, interventions and equipment for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through the ‘Remarkable Accelerator program’.

The program was established in 2014 and is the first disability tech-focussed start up accelerator in Australia. Cerebral Palsy Alliance will use the grant funding to support user-testers to help with product validation, as well provide start-up grants.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance was awarded the $100,000 grant in August 2017. Results will be shared in due course.

2015 Social Innovation Award Winner: Hello Sunday Morning

The challenge 

Hello Sunday Morning’s proposal centred on addressing a gap in the health sector around screening and brief intervention (sBi) tools for moderate or risky, non-dependent binge drinkers. Evidence indicates sBI’s lead to a 17% reduction in long-term alcohol consumption so Hello Sunday Morning proposed developing a cost and time efficient model for delivery of sBI using new digital technology. It planned to focus this technology on patients presenting to general practice surgeries and hospital emergency departments, as well as within the wider alcohol treatment sector through the Commonwealth Government’s Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

The result 

Following receipt of its $300,000 Award grant in late 2015, the results from Hello Sunday Morning’s first year of deploying funds have been positive. The number of participants in its early intervention program have increased beyond expectations, with preliminary research findings indicating program participants had materially reduced alcohol related harm and aggregate consumption. As at January 2017, its technology has been integrated into four emergency departments in Victoria and select PHNs across three states. 

2014 Social Innovation Award Winner: The Fogarty Foundation

The challenge 

Fogarty EDvance set out to scale its School Improvement Program from the 10-15% of West Australian schools in low-socio-economic communities the program was supporting to 50% of schools in disadvantaged communities by 2020 (100 schools in WA). It also wanted to develop a ‘fee for service’ model to ensure a sustainable delivery model and long-term impact. In addition, an alumni program, funded through membership fees, was also in need of development to further build the sustainability of the principals’ network.

The result 

Fogarty EDvance successfully deployed its $100,000 Award to recruit an additional 30 schools to its program, tripling its footprint to reach 48 schools, 60 principals and over 20,000 students in disadvantaged communities in WA. Feedback from school leaders during 2016 was very positive, with 100% of leaders reporting that a) they would recommend the program to other principals; b) their school had benefited from the program; and c) they felt more able to lead improvement, innovation and change in their school as a result of the program. During 2015 and 2016, 18 schools completed the program with every school seeing improvements in student outcomes.

The fee for service model is in place, with adjustments being made to contribution fees as the number of schools increases. An alumni program has also been developed and has enjoyed excellent feedback (with the first event hosted at Macquarie Perth’s offices in 2015). In 2017, EDvance will be developing a model to support schools in the regions whilst further expanding the program in metro areas.

 

 

2012 Social Innovation Award Winner: Milk Crate Theatre

The Challenge

Milk Crate Theatre wanted to promote its activity within the public sphere as well as provide further funding to its associate artists (people with professional cultural development or theatrical skills/experience working with marginalised communities) to enable longer rehearsal periods.

The result

Milk Crate Theatre used part of its $100,000 award to fund its associate artists, allowing rehearsals to extend from one to two weeks. This increase meant the program had more opportunity to positively impact ensemble participants’ health, wellbeing and skills development.

As one of the ensemble artists said: “The shows have allowed me to focus on more positive things. I have a lot of quite heavy life things going on so it is a welcome distraction.”

The award money was also used to promote the shows, resulting in increased participant and audience numbers. This not only provided greater flexibility and accessibility to the program but also helped increase audience engagement.

The Macquarie Group Foundation

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