Data & Insights 


Through the support of the Victorian Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions and their Working in Place Initiative, we are working with WhyHive Data Analytics to drill into our project data and present analyses in Insight Reports. 

We sincerely thank our incredible community partners who do all the work, including collecting the data, and our donor partners who fund it. And we are excited to work with WhyHive, a social enterprise data analytics company with a mission to use data and analytics for good!

At this stage we are pulling together the data from our work over the last three years. We have strong data sets in the Inclusion projects and some of our insight reports with key findings are listed here. It is a constant work in progress, however, as projects develop, responding to external and internal influences, as well as data findings, and as we get better at the whole data driven process.

We also have a lot of data and information in our educational projects, which is being refined and investigated now, and we look forward to including this as the work develops.


Stay tuned and meanwhile, enjoy the insights so far!



Homeless Connections

Homeless Connections is an assertive outreach service for people experiencing primary homelessness, run by the Southern Peninsula Community Support Centre.

Key insights include:

  • Nearly twice as many clients are male as female.
  • The primary reason for homelessness for the client group is mental health, but for women it is family violence.
  • After one year rough sleeping had reduced from 46% to 10%.
  • Most recently it is reported that there are no people rough sleeping on the Rosebud foreshore, the first time in many years.
  • Having the Ranch Motel available as temporary accommodation has been a game changer on the Peninsula.

SPLaSh (Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower Program)

SPLaSh provides a connection point twice a week on the Rosebud foreshore for people experiencing homelessness. It is voluntary and, purposefully, no formal data is required. The data collected includes the numbers in attendance each session, their gender,  approximate age bracket and services used. There is some data inconclusivity due to identification. 

Key insights include:

  • Up to 581 unique individuals have been engaged in SPLaSh since January 2019.
  • 69% are male.
  • 68% are in the 25 – 54 age bracket.
  • Combined with Homeless Connections which has been going since Nov 2020, the total number of people experiencing homelessness engaging in either program is up to 646.
  • Despite these very significant numbers, until these programs, there was no outreach to people experiencing homelessness in this area.
  • Both programs are entirely philanthropically funded.

SAFE Peninsula (Secure Accommodation for Everyone)

SAFE Peninsula is operated by New Pen Community Care, based in Rosebud. It provides skilled mediation and early intervention between tenants at risk of becoming homeless and landlords.  It has operated two days a week for the last 3 years and worked with 154 clients.

Key insights include:

  • The main income for 95% of clients is some form of Centrelink payment.
  • 60% are female and females dominate in every age bracket.
  • The main reason for imminent homelessness is rental stress and financial hardship.
  • 89% of clients secure stable housing on exiting the program.
  • 74% of clients stable at 6 months are stable after two years.
  • The average cost per client of the service is less than $2,000.


We will be uploading program data over the next few weeks as the analyses are done. It’s a work in progress and we are beginning to see encouraging trends.


No Limits

No Limits is a oral language and literacy program in six schools and kinders on the Peninsula, generously funded by a group of donors since 2019. It has formed the basis of our work in education and our focus on evidence based literacy teaching throughout the schools, linking up to the work in upper primary and in secondary in the Western Port Learning Guarantee and spreading over to the other side of the Peninsula as we develop the Rosebud Education Initiative with Rosebud Secondary and local primary schools.

Some outstanding changes have been seen across many elements, especially in phonemic awareness, expressive and receptive language and in NAPLAN reading data. In addition, significant changes in engagement in learning and confidence have been attributed to the program, as has engagement in literacy by parents. Schools themselves are also changing including with their training of teachers and staff in evidence based literacy teaching, their whole school response to intervention and integration of oral language into the daily curriculum. We look forward to working on the evaluation of No Limits in 2022 with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne and providing more information on program outcomes soon.

Learning Enhancement Program (LEP)

The LEP focuses on learning and wellbeing in upper primary. We are reviewing data from 2021 over the next few weeks and will be uploading that soon. Meanwhile there is great support of the program in the schools because of the changes they are seeing in student literacy and numeracy levels, their engagement in learning, attendance, confidence and general attitude. Early indications are that the rates of readiness for secondary school are significantly higher than previous years.


Elevate focuses on highly disengaged secondary students and what the school can do as a whole to address the early school leaving rates. While resulting in very tangible, life changing outcomes for some students who are now on a trajectory to complete their education, the major impact has been in the fundamental approach of the school and the development of an philosophy that runs through every part of the school and focuses on inclusion and diversity and the capacity of the school to engage every child and young person in learning. 


To date 268 scholarships have been awarded to individual students in 13 primary and secondary schools. An insight report will be prepared in term one of 2022.

MPF is a Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 tax status. All donations are tax deductible. As all operational costs are covered by the George Hicks Foundation, 100% of donations are distributed as community grants.