Outcomes Measurement

Social outcome measurement is relevant to community service organisations for planning, evaluation, service improvement and reporting. It can also form a linchpin for cross-sector collaborations, providing a means to measure progress and motivate action.

TasCOSS has prepared a Plain English guide to the 2014 Department of Health and Human Services Community Sector Outcomes Purchasing Framework.The guide offers a simple explanation of the Framework to give your organisation a clearer understanding of the outcomes measurement process and how DHHS will implement the changes.

Measuring and reporting outcomes of Community Sector grants (TasCOSS 2014)  ›

DHHS Funded Community Sector Outcomes Purchasing Framework (2014) ›


The following presentations were made at the TasCOSS Measuring Social Outcomes seminar on 26 November 2013:

Andrew Young, Centre for Social Impact - The Value of Measurement (PowerPoint) ›

Rhys Edwards, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet (Speech Notes) ›


TasCOSS - Achieving Outcomes Project ›

YouTube videos of similar presentations made by Andrew Young and Jayne-Meyer Tucker in February 2013 at the national Measuring Social Outcomes Conference can be viewed here: Andrew Young › and Jayne Meyer-Tucker ›

The Social Outcomes Measurement Network Australia (SIMNA) is a national network of individuals and organisations formed in late 2012. Its purpose is to share knowledge to help foster the emerging practice of social outcomes measurement in Australia.

The Tasmanian chapter of SIMNA was launched at the TasCOSS Measuring Social Outcomes seminar on 26 November 2013 as a way for those interested in social outcomes measurement to connect, share and learn about good practice and hear about new events and resources.

Find out more about SIMNA Tas

Collective Impact refers to cross-sectoral approaches to tackling deeply entrenched social problems. It recognises that one organisation, sector or government working in isolation cannot solve complex social issues and that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector collaboration and coordination. Successful collaborations involve the community, business and government sectors.

The following articles provide useful background on how this approach has been developed and why it is needed:

Collective Impact - Kania and Kramer 2011 ›
Channelling Change: Making Collective Impact Work - Hanleybrown, Kania and Kramer 2012 ›

For more information, contact Jo Flanagan on (03) 6231 0755 or Email Jo