This paper explores the impact of the “Innovation Farm,” a social innovation project that aimed to help long-term unemployed, highly disadvantaged jobseekers living on the Coffs Coast of the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, overcome barriers to employment and/or further training. The project was delivered by the Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services (CHESS), a not-for-profit, social enterprise organisation. It was funded from 2009-2012 by the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Employment Education and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the Department’s Innovation Fund. The research found that whilst the project achieved a commendable level of success its on-going viability was compromised by a failure to communicate the project’s long–term potential to both the funding body and the parent organisation. A number of lessons were also identified for policy makers particularly as regards the management and funding of any future public/private social innovation partnerships.
Cairncross, Grant; Brennan, Charlie; and Tucker, Julie
"Innovation in the Not for Profit Sector: A Regional Australian Case Study.,"
Journal of Economic and Social Policy: Vol. 16
, Article 11.
Available at: http://epubs.scu.edu.au/jesp/vol16/iss2/11