Centre for Social Impact UWA
Catalysing social change
The Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) creates and delivers education that transforms, research that informs best practice, and public engagement that inspires and mobilises change makers.
We develop solutions that are rigorous and purpose-driven and work with people, communities and organisations across Australia to grow their capabilities.
The Centre for Social Impact is a collaboration of four universities: Swinburne University of Technology, Flinders University, University of New South Wales and The University of Western Australia.
Together as a network, our purpose is to catalyse positive change, to help enable others to achieve social impact.
BUSN2102 Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise highlights how innovation and entrepreneurship are solving major global social and economic challenges such as hunger, poverty, homelessness and intergenerational disadvantage and unemployment.
CSI UWA has developed the Outcomes Measurement Workshop, an interactive learning workshop designed to develop understanding of outcomes measurement and how to implement it in organisations. For an Outcomes Measurement Workshop tailored to your organisation's needs, contact our team.
Graduate Certificate in Social Impact
The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (GCSI) has a uniquely comprehensive curriculum based on systems thinking and social design principles. Our teachers are regarded as some of the leading lights in social impact, social investment, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and social innovation.
It is also pathway to the MBA (Flexible).
Master of Business Administration (Social Impact)
Deciding to study an MBA (Flexible) with a specialisation in social impact is a strong and committed decision to fusing business and social impact together to benefit community, business and yourself. Students of the GCSI can progress into the MBA (Social Impact) as part of the MBA (Flexible). The course draws on the GCSI courses for the social impact specialisation.
Providing evidence-based research to help catalyse positive social change
The Centre for Social Impact UWA brings social impact measurement and evaluation expertise, as well as knowledge and experience in innovative approaches to capturing evidence and measuring outcomes (such as co-designing measurement frameworks and participatory methodologies).
In addition, CSI UWA has experience in evaluating a broad range of programs that address social issues such as entrenched disadvantage, family domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, disability, employment and financial inclusion. CSI UWA is experienced in gathering quality evidence and capturing learnings from innovative approaches to addressing complex social issues.
The multi-disciplinary team at CSI UWA has a proven record of producing deliverables that are robust in development, easy to use in context, timely, align with contemporary government practices and enrich our understanding about what is effective.
At CSI UWA we are interested in long-term social impact and long-term value to stakeholders and are experienced in developing tools and findings that will best support ongoing efforts to improve lives of individuals.
- Door-to-Door for Mental Health (Assisting Communities through Direct Connection)
The largest ever door knock delving into the mental health of households across the country has revealed the true extent of our national crisis, with nearly half of people reporting being in distress and more than one-third saying they need more support – but many encountering barriers to receiving help.
Evaluation of the project by the Centre for Social Impact UWA shows that 49.4% of respondents reported being in moderate to very high distress, and 36.7% of respondents said they needed more support.
Go to the Centre for Social Impact website to read more about the ACDC project.
- Making mental health support work better for regional communities
Despite their resilience and strengths, regional communities in WA and around Australia have the greatest need for mental health support. Inadequate services, insufficient funding and difficulty in accessing support need to be urgently addressed.
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) has engaged the Centre for Social Impact UWA to better understand what is different about living in regional areas that leads to poorer mental health and difficulties accessing support, and what further support is needed to improve the lives and wellbeing of people living in those communities.
New report ‘Going the distance: Making mental health support work better for regional communities’ highlights challenges that are common to rural communities as well as the needs that are unique to individual places. Participants reported the need for tailored, community specific services – be they community services that address the social determinants of mental health, peer support groups, education programs or treatment services.
- PLAN to help vulnerable parents bridging the gap
In 2020 identified a significant gap in services for parents experiencing domestic violence, homelessness or housing instability, unemployment, mental health issues and financial hardship in areas of the Peel region (WA). To address this, was created to assist vulnerable parents aged 18-64, offering holistic, high-touch case management with both practical and relational aspects of support that transcended traditional service boundaries.
Funded by Lotterywest and evaluated by the Centre for Social Impact UWA team from October 2021 to June 2023, the PLAN project gives targeted support through a bespoke suite of activities.
Go to the Centre for Social Impact website to read more on how the PLAN project transformed the lives of vulnerable families.
- Safeguarding Children and Young People
The Centre for Social Impact UWA conducted an impact evaluation of the Australian Childhood Foundation's Safeguarding Services.
This research project was grounded in qualitative methods and involved collaborating with organisations that have partnered with the Foundation to enhance their capacity and foster a supportive environment for the well-being and safety of children and young people who engage in their services.
These insights are leading the way towards a deeper understanding of the best approaches to establish a robust and enduring culture of safeguarding within organisations.
Go to the Centre for Social Impact website to read more about the Safeguarding Children and Young People project.
A dedicated multi-disciplinary team
- CSI UWA team
- Professor Paul Flatau (Centre Director)
- Dr Leanne Lester (Research Manager & Senior Research Fellow)
- Syarif Abdul-Wahed (Research Officer)
- Dr Mariana Atkins (Senior Research Fellow)
- Renu Burr (Sessional Teaching Staff)
- Zoe Callis (Research Officer)
- Kathryn Conway (Strategy, Relationships & Governance Lead)
- Emma Crane (Research Officer)
- Elena Douglas (Sessional Teaching Staff)
- Farida Fozdar (Sessional Teaching Staff)
- Kylie Hansen (Sessional Teaching Staff)
- Dr Donna Hill (Research Officer)
- Yasmine Hooper (Research Officer)
- Lisette Kaleveld (Senior Research Officer)
- Carole Katz (Industry Engagement & Communications Adviser)
- Lydia Kilcullen (Sessional Teaching Staff)
- Reuben Lester (Graduate Research Assistant)
- Mags Martin (Centre Administration Officer)
- Dr David 0’Shaughnessy (Research Fellow)
- Katie Stubley (Sessional Teaching Staff)
- Dr Jian Zhao (Research Fellow)
- Sarah Zou (Research Assistant)
- Danjoo Koorliny team
The Centre for Social Impact UWA is proud to host Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together, a large-scale, long-term systems change project designed and led by Aboriginal leaders to help us walk together as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people towards 2029 (200 years of colonisation in Perth) and beyond.
- Dr Noel Nannup OAM
- Dr Richard Walley OAM
- Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AM
- Carol Innes AM
- Donna Oxenham (Manager)
- Bruce Davies (Strategic Projects Manager I Creative)
- Emmanuelle Dodo-Balu (Communications and Engagement Officer)
- Claudia Rayne (Events Producer)
- Winsome MacLaurin (Strategic Projects Manager)
- Barbara Paulson (Project Manager I Engagement Officer)
- Jason Barrow (Project Manager I Engagement Officer)
- Tim Trindle-Thomas (Research Assistant)
- Shahnaz Rind (Administration Officer)
News and events
Understanding workplace sexual harassment: Trends, barriers to legal assistance, consequences, and legal need
To understand the prevalence of Workplace Sexual Harassment in WA and Australia, we have partnered with Circle Green Community Legal and undertaken new research to help identify legal need priorities related to workplace sexual harassment and discrimination in Australia.Read more
Understanding workplace sexual harassment: Exploring trends and legal need.
Providing an overview of Circle Green's Workplace Respect Project and discuss the findings of our new report Understanding workplace sexual harassment: Trends, barriers to legal assistance, consequences, and legal need.Read more
Decoding the Voice to Parliament Referendum: A Q&A Session
A Q&A panel discussion hosted with Danjoo Koorliny to help you decode the Voice to Parliament Referendum.Read more
2023 Outcomes Measurement Workshops
Learn how to measure, evaluate and report on your impact. Upcoming workshops in Brisbane (3-4 October) and Perth (2-3 November)Read more
Research informs best practices to improve school community wellbeing
A new book outlines how principals and their leadership teams can strategically select and successfully implement wellbeing practices in schools.Read more