Introducing Review : A Toolkit for Designing Better Employment Outcomes

If your organisation delivers a community-led employment program, check out this new online toolkit aimed at making it easier to design and deliver successful employment programs, identify potential improvements and demonstrate outcomes.

Across Australia, many organisations are delivering community-led employment programs. These organisations valuably contribute to the lives of young people, however, collection and use of data is inconsistent and evidence of impact is limited. Currently, there is no effective mechanism for identifying and extending good practice across the sector.  

Addressing this challenge, Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has recently launched Review; a free online toolkit for organisations that deliver community-led employment programs. Review includes surveys and tools that are designed to make it easier for organisations to design and deliver effective programs, to collect feedback from young people and make data-driven improvements to their programs over time.

The toolkit was developed with support from Jobs Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, VicHealth, University of Melbourne and Jesuit Social Services. The toolkit identifies ten characteristics common to effective youth employment programs and resources have been developed with reference to a literature review, a review of Australian community-led employment programs and input from the sector.

The team at SVA is now working with community-led employment programs to test the toolkit resources and develop an online platform that will make data collection and use even easier.

Organisations that participate will have access to data at both an individual and program level that will allow them to track program effectiveness, drive continual improvement and to speak to potential funders and partners about their impact. 

SVA will collate data and learnings will be extended to funders, peak bodies, policy influencers and the wider sector.

How can you get involved? 

You can download the Review Toolkit from

You can also help test the resources, build the online data collection platform and start to gather data on your employment program.


SVA is looking for organisations that:

  • deliver employment programs for young people aged 16-24;
  • would like to build their capability around data collection and use; and
  • are delivering programs between now and May 2020

There is no cost involved.


If your organisation meets the criteria and you are interested in being involved (or just want to know more) please contact Anne Duncan or 0414 660 529 or Jessica or 0401 242 540.