“Our role is to take organisations in Australia on a journey towards becoming high-impact social innovators.”
Carolyn Curtis, CEO, TACSI
“To build the innovation capacity of Australia’s social change sector and help tackle our toughest problems.”
An evaluation of TACSI’s Family by Family programme found it had a 90 per cent success rate in improving family life, with estimated to have saved £7 of government money for every £1 invested in it.2
All of TACSI’s work is guided by a belief that co-production, where citizens and professionals work together to co-design and co-deliver projects, holds the key to solving social challenges.
One example of TACSI's work is the Family by Family project. This is a new model of family support designed with families to address the growing demand on crisis services and the increasing number that are unable to manage chronic stress and isolation. TACSI worked with more than 100 families to identify causes of crisis and isolation and potential solutions. This led to prototyping and later scaling the Family by Family network, where families that have experienced and overcome hardships and grievances are trained and paired with other families who are currently experiencing stress but are eager to make improvements.
Photo Credit: Family by Family is TACSI’s most successful programme to date. Image courtesy of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)