Vision & Mission

On 25 October 2018, in the company of partners, stakeholders, and friends in our community, WHISE launched its next strategic plan - view photos

The plan sits as one component of an architecture that will guide the work of WHISE over the next five years.This plan is the result of over 10 months of work, consulting with our partners, key stakeholders, researching the needs of our region and determining our role in securing a future for women in our region where they are safe, healthy and thriving.

  1. Our Social Impact framework which was put together by the great team at 180DC
  2. An environmental scan that will be updated every year to support our annual business planning cycle.

The WHISE Strategic Plan can be downloaded here


Social impact

Measuring our impact of our community over the life of our strategic plan is important for WHISE if we are truly going to be able to understand the way that our actions can contribute to making a difference.

Partnering with 180 Degrees Consulting – a worldwide consulting service for non-profits, social enterprises and socially minded companies – a social impact framework was developed. Based on a Theory of Change model, it links our inputs to our vision for a region where women are safe, healthy and thriving.

For WHISE, the measuring of our impact is both an activity in transparency and accountability and, of learning.  We look forward to the ongoing opportunity to report on our progress and share the outcomes of our work in the community.


Our Values

Value What it means for WHISE


We have a thirst for knowledge and embrace opportunities to learn. We approach our work with curiosity, asking questions, listening and being interested in new possibilities. We see mistakes as opportunities for learning and seek to constantly increase our knowledge and skills to improve our practice. We welcome a diversity of opinion and embrace new perspectives as these offer opportunities for growth.
INNOVATION We embrace, encourage and nurture creativity and innovation in the work that we do. We like to challenge assumptions and find new ways of doing things. Building on previous research and evidence, we take thoughtful risks to discover new ideas and develop innovative approaches. We are flexible, adaptive and responsive, acknowledging that we work in a changing environment.


Collaboration is fundamental to our work. We build, support and encourage collaboration within our organisation and across the region. We value and respect the skills, knowledge and experience of others and seek to create opportunities to share ideas, knowledge and expertise. We believe in the power of working together and collective action to create a more equitable world.
INTEGRITY Authenticity, honesty, trustworthiness and reliability provide the foundation for all our work. We are committed to open communication and transparent decision-making. When faced with difficult decisions, we do the right thing to achieve our mission, even in the face of adversity. We act consistently according to our values, hold ourselves accountable to each other and our community and respect each other.


We are committed to the mission of WHISE and ambitious for our future. We want to change the world for the better, to make a difference and to transform attitudes to ensure that all women in our region are safe, healthy and thriving. We are proudly feminist and want to inspire and influence when building support for change. With resourcefulness and energy, we work across the region to advance our goals, developed in partnership with our community. Our leadership is at all times congruent with our values as we work towards achieving our vision






















The state of women’s health in the south-east – An environmental scan

To support our work and to be transparent about the evidence and research that we are using to support out goals and impact, WHISE has created an environmental scan. The benefit of escan’s is that they produce just in time snapshots of our region that can evolve as the evidence and research grows.

WHISE does not consider itself a knowledge originator but rather translators – we are part of the process that takes research created by our many great research organisations and puts it into practice. Being clear about what knowledge we are looking to is part of this and, overtime this site will evolve as we add additional research, insights and also the tools that we create to assist in this translation process.

The escan is available on the specifically designed portal here:


If you have any queries about the WHISE strategic plan, our social impact framework and/or the scan please feel free to contact the team at WHISE.