Mission Australia undertakes independent research and produces publications on the key issues affecting our services and the people who use them. We also collaborate with universities, other community service providers and government agencies on research and policy projects.

Our research supports our efforts to stand alongside people in need and speak up on their behalf in a way that truly represents their needs. Our findings also contribute to discussions about key and emerging issues in the Australian media, academia, business and the community.

Improving services

Learnings from our research and evaluation help us to plan and develop new services and re-shape existing programs to make sure we meet evolving community needs.

Measuring our impact gives us the evidence to maximise client outcomes and improve our programs for existing and future clients.

Impact measurement

Annual Youth Survey

Mission Australia’s Annual Youth Survey is our yearly temperature check of teenagers across the nation. Each year it asks young people what concerns them, what they value and their views on work, study and the future.

Learn more about the Annual Youth Survey

The Michael Project

The Michael Project, 2007-2010: New perspectives and possibilities for homeless men, outlines the research results from a three-year initiative to help homeless men improve their lives. Using evidence gained over three years, the collaborative research team found it actually costs us more to leave someone homeless than it does to help them.

The Michael Project

Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing Accord (MISHA)

Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing Accord (MISHA) is a philanthropically funded initiative that provided long-term stable accommodation while supporting the men to build the lives they would like to live. Based in Parramatta NSW, MISHA follows on from The Michael Project – a three-year initiative that aimed to improve the social inclusion of homeless men through intensive case management and wrap-around support services.

MISHA initiative

Want to learn more?

Much of our research work; including our snapshot reports are available for download.

Visit our Publications area for more information.

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Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'