Bloch, B.A. 2012, 'Everyone's Story Counts: Measuring Social Impact in the Not-for Profit Sector - an Overview', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 1-17.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
As a lead-up to a symposium on measuring social impact in the not-for-profit sector, held in November 2011, the author conducted a small number of interviews (20) across the not for profit sector in Sydney, as to their views, concerns and issues regarding the measurement of social impact of their organisations' work within their communities. This paper provides a synthesis of these interviews, as well as situating social impact measurement within a broader economic and political frame. The paper draws the conclusion (confirmed by many at the above symposium) that the concept of collective impact where a large number of diverse organisations collaborate through, for example, agreed benchmarks of performance and shared measurements, in order to make a difference, and know that they have made a difference to the lives of specific populations in need.
Bloch, B.A. & Dreher, T.I. 2009, 'Resentment and Reluctance: Working with everyday diversity and everyday racism in Southern Sydney', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 193-209.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Pilot research on community conflict resolution, conducted in a local government area in southern Sydney in late 2006, revealed paradoxical findings: the simultaneous presence of both high levels of cross-cultural mixing and appreciation of the area's culturally diverse population; and the prevalence of prejudice against Arab and Muslim residents and visitors to the area. Many respondents, who supported cultural diversity, saw Arab and Muslim Australians as an exception and even a threat to harmonious community relations. Particularly striking was the anxiety and anger caused by their apparent large numbers, seen to be taking over certain public recreational spaces. This paper explores the contradictions in these findings in light of other contemporary Australian research and identifies complex and difficult issues to be addressed by research and by local government. In particular, the paper discusses the need to address the interconnections between both everyday multiculturalisms and everyday racisms, to distinguish between 'victim' claims amongst diverse communities, and to ground research and policies on 'place-sharing' in Indigenous sovereignties.
Dreher, T.I. & Bloch, B.A. UTS Shopfront unpublished report to Rockdale City Council 2007, Thinking Outside the Square: Capacity Building for Community Conflict Resolution in Rockdale, Sydney.