CBAA Webinars

WEBINAR: Using data to help you develop and support volunteers and staff at your station - Wednesday 31 October 2018

Danny Chifley, 7th October 2018

The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is the largest research study of its kind designed to identify what matters most for making not-for-profit work more developmental, healthy, meaningful, and productive. The study also provides not-for-profit people and organisations with free analytics and actionable insights.

In this session, you will:
  • Gain understanding about what drives work engagement and performance at your station.
  • Receive science-based advice to make your employees and volunteers stay, learn, and be happy.
  • Get access to free workforce analytics to measure and identify better ways so your work practice meets its purpose.

This session will provide an introduction to the Workforce Analytics Dashboard, an online tool that will help assess how well your organisation and people are doing, referencing key metrics important to your workforce, organisation, and impact.

Presented by Dr Ramon Wenzel - BBusCom UAppSc (Berlin), MCom PhD W.Aust.

Ramon Wenzel, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor in the Business School of The University of Western Australia where he is also a member of the Centre for Social Impact. He is the Chief Investigator of the Australian Not-for-profit Workforce Study. His landmark research on the Social Return on Education and Training has been used to inform professional development policy and practice in the Not-for-Profit sector. He draws on human psychology and organisational management to understand and improve capacity building. Ramon has a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to change the world for the better. Learn more at the Learning for Purpose site.

This webinar was held at 6:30pm (AEST) Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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This July the Learning for Purpose initiative, through the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia will launch the largest research study ever on and for not-for-profit employees and volunteers working at all levels.


Participatory research design appears as an attractive option in the study of community media organisations. It puts the generation of the research question, the design of data collection methods, and the analysis of the results in the hands of the researched. This approach can demystify the research process and can be an empowering experience. But, as I found out with my doctoral research, the researcher needs to carefully assess an organisation’s capacity to undertake do-it-yourself research, because, when things go wrong, this approach can also reveal conflicts within an organisation, as well as give rise to tension resulting from the divergent needs of the researcher and those of the researched. This paper describes the troubles that arose during fieldwork conducted at a community radio station, how these unexpected events forced a reformulation of the research question, and how this eventually led to an improved theoretical insight.


With the proliferation of global information and communications technologies (ICT), the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations. Yet, from ecological and social perspectives, connecting people and communities to their immediate environment is now more urgent than ever. In this paper we show how an Indigenous led initiative reaches across geographical and cultural gulfs by using digital media in ways that are profoundly embedded in the values associated with specific places. We refer to a grass-roots Indigenous created and led organization that with support from numerous partnerships across Australia has for many years used media to convey cultural and environmental values. The methodology of Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TRKP), co-created according to the ancient knowledge system of the Kuku Thaypan Traditional Owner Elders in Cape York Peninsula, illustrates the way media can be used to traverse disciplinary boundaries and connect both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to places.

We start by describing how the simple act of picking up a camera to film this ancient knowledge system led to the creation of Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TKRP). Then, we explain how the methods of using various media are anchored in the Indigenous sense of country and interconnectedness, embedded in the spiritual, philosophical and ideological perspectives of Traditional Knowledge. We outline processes that scaffold these methods, such as the way media is controlled by participating Indigenous communities and incorporated into practice and research in environmental management. This leads us to discussing some of the roles of different media in reflecting on practices, within and between communities, and translating and communicating across worldviews. We conclude by indicating how using media can connect people to place and inspire their reflection upon the mediation by media in these connections. We propose this provides new insights for improving media tools, training methods and approaches to solution making to issues of environmental, social and economic concern.