Professor Dave Adamson discussing the Sustainable Development Goals

Advisory Services

Home in Place Advisory Services

The Home in Place senior management team have an extensive combined experience in setting up and delivering social and affordable housing services in multiple international jurisdictions. Members of the team also have extensive consultancy and advisory experience in a range of governmental, academic, not-for-profit and business organisations.

We have recently combined this expertise to launch an advisory service that will provide consultancy and advisory services in several key areas.

Agenda 2030 Planning

Agenda 2030 challenges us as organisations to examine the ways that we can contribute to the objectives and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

From the largest to the smallest organisations, some simple changes of practice and procedure can assist with achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

We are able to provide a range of guidance and advisory support services to assist organisations to contribute more effectively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Many organisations have adopted ‘triple bottom line ‘ accounting to also report on their social and environmental impact, alongside their financial performance.

    Often referred to as ‘profit, people and planet’, reporting it has driven corporate responsibility actions for many private sector organisations. Similarly, charities and not-for-profit organisations have also reported on social impact, also often including environmental policies.

    Government of all levels has been less likely to report in similar ways, and many government programs are not assessed for their social and environmental impact. This is beginning to change as electorates become more concerned with both social and environmental justice measures.

    The Sustainable Development Goals have created both a challenge to contribute towards their achievement, and an opportunity to report actions within a comprehensive, globally recognised framework. National governments now complete a National Voluntary Review for submission to the United Nations. Many local councils have declared a ‘climate crisis’ with an expectation that they will align policies and programs and measure their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Home in Place is able to assist all types of organisations to assess their current performance and to examine what future actions they can take to further their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Strategic planning is vital to the success and survival of all organisations, regardless of their sphere of operation.

    Organisations are focused on the achievement of their mission and purpose and will have a range of objectives and targets in their forward planning.  However, it is also possible to align strategic planning with Sustainable Development Goals objectives, whilst maintaining the focus on the company’s primary purpose.  With effective review, strategic plans can be formed to minimise negative impact on Sustainable Development Goals objectives and maximise positive impact.  Where this is done as part of the strategic planning exercise it can often increase organisational performance and create operational costs savings.

    Building on this experience and our wider advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals, we are able to provide support for organisations seeking to better align their strategic planning with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Organisations that commit to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals can also exert a wider influence on their key stakeholders and partners.

    One key area of influence is in the way an organisation procures its supply of goods and services. All levels of government, private sector organisations and NGOs procure a wide range of goods and services, creating an extended reach with partners and suppliers.

    Establishing a framework of ‘social procurement’ can promote both social and climate justice objectives that fully support the achievement of the multiple targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • For some organisations it is important, in addition to their own work towards achieving the SDGs, to also advocate for the SDGs and to encourage a range of stakeholders to contribute to their achievement. This is the primary motivation for Home in Place to develop these support services to assist other organisations on a journey to become lead agencies for the achievement of the SDGs.

    Whether as a council, a charity or a business organisation, we all have stakeholders and communities we serve who can also be motivated to work towards the achievement of the SDGs. Our customers, clients, suppliers, partners and peer organisations can all be encouraged and motivated, whether informally or more formally, for example through our procurement policies or community engagement activities.

Public Private Partnerships

PPPs have become a standard mechanism for the delivery of public infrastructure, including social housing.

From the earliest examples, a range of models have emerged to develop robust and effective partnerships. Home in Place has experience of both the advantages and challenges of developing, maintaining and evaluating PPPs and is able to objectively advise organisations considering or engaged in a range of partnership models.

Expertise includes:

  • Government policy and sovereign risk analysis
  • Partner capacity assessment
  • Risk allocation
  • PPP model design or assessment
  • Staff training and capacity development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation strategies

Deep Place Planning

Achieving equitable and sustainable development

Home in Place is playing a leading role in promoting, advocating for and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals locally and globally.

To assist us we use the Deep Place method and we are developing it for use throughout Australasia and the Pacific region.

The Deep Place method identifies the uniqueness and key challenges faced at national, regional, city, town or neighbourhood level and creates an Action Plan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The method comes from the viewpoint that the greatest asset of any place is its people. Connecting people and place is the starting point to create liveable and inclusive places.

The Deep Place method is a conscious and planned approach that identifies what makes places unique. It identifies their assets and challenges, and the specific combination of opportunities that can revitalise communities to create equitable and sustainable places of constant renewal. It was developed in the context of highly disadvantaged post-industrial communities in Wales, UK and has since been extended with the first Australian study of Muswellbrook, NSW.

Ho Chi Minh City | Homes for one million people every five years

The Home in Place team have been engaging with the Department of Construction in Ho Chi Minh City to find solutions to the city’s challenge to find homes for one million people every five years until 2030.

Following contributions to a September 2019 conference dedicated to this challenge, Professor Dave Adamson, Dr Bernadette Pinnell and Mr Ben Wong delivered a Technical Assistance Workshop in late December to provide international examples of  Public Private Partnerships and to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the PPP approach for Ho Chi Minh City.

The team also met separately with senior city officials from a range of departments to inform internal discussions of a draft PPP model for the city.

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