Services | What We Do
Sustainable Business Models
Designing, developing, stress testing and executing sustainable strategies is Spark’s core business. We work with organisations in a bespoke manner, drawn on our proven ideation- based techniques, to transform for vibrancy and viability. The end goal of sustainable business model design is to create financial resilience and enable Not for Profit organisations to have an even greater positive social impact. At the heart of our approach is understanding internal value and the external environment, then unpacking where an organisation is best positioned for success.
Innovative approaches to strategic thinking are required if we are to make significant inroads into tackling social challenges- the status quo is not enough. From facilitated workshops to comprehensive strategic plans, our processes are highly interpersonal and we work with our clients, not to them. Our approach is centered on value- based design and we begin with defining your unique value proposition. From Objective Setting, to Ideation, to Stress Testing to Action Planning, we work with you to develop a strategy that is cutting edge, inspiring and achievable.
Social Impact Measurement
Measuring and demonstrating the economic and social return on investment is an increasing priority across all sectors. We help organisations ensure that their activities are accounted for in both financial and social value, which can then be communicated to key stakeholders. By demonstrating this value to customers, employees, funders and suppliers, we ensure that your impact is clear and therefore compelling. This includes building an evaluation or measurement framework, designing metrics and packaging results for different audiences.
We support social change and organisational innovation by designing high-quality meetings that foster valuable conversations and insights. We believe that being a good facilitator isn’t the same as knowing how to manage people or run a meeting. It all comes down to understanding the tools and structures that help people collaborate, and understanding the dynamics in the room. Spark tailors the format and content of all workshops to the specific interests and needs of your organisation. We use presentation techniques that encourage active participation driven by a fast- paced and meaningful agenda so participants leave with a profound sense of purpose.
We have in-depth experience working with different levels of governments, NGOs and community through co-design projects. Co-design is about genuinely working in partnership with all stakeholders to design services with the people for whom they have been created. We believe that to authentically serve community, the consultation process needs to be inclusive so that all voices are heard. Spark has particular experience in running co-design for social policy, in sessions that involve people with a lived experience of social challenges.
Traditional approaches of advocacy and lobbying are failing the social sector – but there is a better way. Effectively engaging government can deliver significant benefit at the organisational, industry and sector level, to increase funding, enact policy and legislative change and raise the profile of an organisation or issue. Taking a whole-of-organisation approach to government engagement, we work closely with the Board, Executive and staff, using tools and techniques such as electorate mapping to strengthen your capability to engage with government in the interest of increased influence, financial resilience and social impact.