Teach for Australia (TFA) is an alternative pathway into secondary school teaching.
dandolo was commissioned by several governments –whom are funders of TFA – to provide a thorough and independent assessment of TFA to understand its impact in relation to its objectives.
This work is still ongoing.
As part of a commitment to supporting educational opportunity for disadvantaged groups, a state government commissioned a review into education services provided for children and young people with serious medical and mental health conditions.
The department was aware that current supports had not been developed systematically, and therefore it was likely there would be some gaps and inconsistencies in provision. The department commissioned dandolo to describe current provision, including its strengths and limitations, and to design a new model that could provide consistent services across the state.
dandolo’s review resulted in a successful budget bid and implementation of key recommendations, including the establishment of a new service as proof of concept for the model development.
dandolo continues to work with the department to implement and expand the model we recommended.
The Australian government funded a significant pilot of an online application that allowed early childhood centres around Australia to expose children to language learning experiences. As the pilot drew to a conclusion, the government wanted to know what it would take to roll out the application successfully.
With a best practice perspective, we designed an implementation plan for a national roll out of the application.
The final report equipped government to make decisions about the value of a range of scenarios. The Australian Government chose to pursue one of the scenarios which was reflected in a 2016 budget announcement and is due for implementation.
A new state government had made an election commitment to invest $60m to support the development of startups and entrepreneurship. The proposed startup initiative was a cornerstone of the government’s plan for economic transformation and development, and dandolo was commissioned to identify how it could maximise the value of the government’s investment.
We looked at the particular strengths and limitations of the state, assessed what the government could do to support the initiative and what changes might need to eventuate to match the unique culture of the startup ecosystem.
dandolo’s recommendations resulted in:
A significant and well regarded not-for-profit (NFP) provider of social services for youth was experiencing some organisational changes:
At this junction the NFP's board commissioned dandolo to provide an organisational ‘health check’ that would consider the NFP from a governance, financial and organisational perspective. The purpose of the ‘health check’ was to equip the board, including its new members, with a rounded understanding of the organisation that would help them make decisions about its future, including its future CEO.
dandolo conducted a broad brush review that drew on existing documentation and select consultations. The review included:
The dandolo team included Dan Norton and Bronte Adams, both of whom have considerable experience as directors of NFPs and major government funded organisations.
dandolo’s report provided some immediate ‘quick win’ actions that the NFP could make, and positioned its board to make informed decisions for appointing a future Chief Executive supported by considerations of governance issues.