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

Backed by our research, impact measurement and frontline expertise, we use our influence in the sector, with government and business representatives, our media profile and community connections, to advocate for changes to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians

Research and evaluation

Our research supports Mission Australia’s efforts to stand alongside people in need and speak up on their behalf in a way that truly represents their needs. Our research findings also contribute to discussions about key and emerging issues with government, in the media, the community services sector, academia, business and the community.

Browse our research and evaluation reports

Annual Youth Survey

Conducted annually since 2002, Mission Australia’s Youth Survey is our yearly ‘temperature check’ of young people across the nation. Each year we ask young people aged 15 -19 what concerns them, what they value and their views on work, study and the future.

Learn more about the Annual Youth Survey

Impact measurement

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

Position statements

Mission Australia has prepared several policy statements, which outline our views on issues such as homelessness, early learning, employment, housing and youth justice.

More about our Position Statements

Policy submissions

Our social policy team seeks to affect change to public policy by preparing responses to State and Federal Government inquiries, consultations and legislative reviews.

More about our Policy Submissions

Sector collaborations

Mission Australia works closely with other agencies on practice, research and policy solutions that help to end homelessness and support people in need to thrive. These include the End Street Sleeping Collaboration, the Constellation Project, Everybody’s Home and the Poverty and Inequality Partnership.

Want to learn more?

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

Visit our Publications area for more information.

Latest news, media & blog articles

Read about what we’ve been working on, our stance on important social issues and how you make a difference to vulnerable Australians' lives.

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