DFAT, Australian Volunteers Program

Social Innovation Partnership Evaluation

2021: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funds the Australian Volunteers Program longstanding partnership with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). This partnership has built innovation within the work of the program, including in countries where new and better localised innovations are being developed and implemented to improve humanitarian aid and development initiatives.

We sought to understand how working in partnership to embed innovation had impacted the ways the partners have adapted their approaches to their core business in multi-country settings – this involved: designing an agreed pathway for evaluating the partnership program, including examining elements of implementation, outcomes, and influence; deploying a mixed-methods evaluation quantitative and qualitative analysis of findings as per agreed evaluation questions and areas of interest; and developing internal and external reporting products with key considerations for the partnership to take through into their next phase of work.