A snapshot of Financial Security and Wellbeing in South Australia

by AnglicareSA

(NGO)

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Analysis of the effectiveness of AnglicareSA's Financial Counselling services.

Project implemented: May 2018

Project goal

To grow our evaluation process, evidence the community needs, continuous improvement and identify potential growth.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Improving evaluation will deliver substantiated services to increase financial literacy and inclusion for all Australians.

Key steps to make it happen

1Identified Need

AnglicareSA identified the need to understand the impact our financial counselling service was having on the community.

2Develop Data Collection

Questions were developed to produce relevant data to assess customer demographic, presenting need, service impact & outcomes.

3Collate & Analyse Data

To determine customer presenting needs, socioeconomic characteristics, referring agencies and impact of services provided

4Evaluation

Evaluate data to identify; target cohorts for service provision, service gaps, future need and advocacy platforms.

impact to date

86%
improved financial literacy
51%
avoided utilities’ disconnection
46%
improved health and wellbeing
38%
achieved stable housing
23%
avoided legal action
21%
avoided bankruptcy

Customer testimonial – ‘I am very grateful for the help and assistance AnglicareSA has given me. Since I seeked (sic) guidance from the financial counsellor I am now independently living from homeless into a unit into a 4 bedroom house’

Client testimonial - ‘I was very surprised to learn how much help your Financial Counsellors had to offer and thank you again for your assistance and kind understanding’

Client testimonial - ‘I felt entirely at ease, listened to and empathised with. I was offered assistance and am now back on my feet and have finances under control. Thankyou so much’

AnglicareSA undertook an impact data collection to improve our evidence base of the financial counselling services provided. This data allowed AnglicareSA to understand the impact of financial counselling, identify opportunities for advocacy and evidence the financial insecurity issues in the community.

During the data collection period (July to September 2017), impact data was collected for all 450 presenting customers to Community Financial Services. This was analysed to identify – presenting needs, socioeconomic characteristics including income type, referring agency partners and outcomes achieved with customers.

The data enabled AnglicareSA to develop a point in time bench mark to assess; future service provision, identify service gaps, improve the quality of services and identify advocacy areas.  As a part of AnglicareSA’s Financial Inclusion Action Plan, this data will be used to support systemic change through our advocacy platforms for financial inclusion for all.

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