Charities and funders can use data to assess the needs or gaps within a community, understand long-term trends, and advocate for policy change. What’s more, where data is pooled together, more complete answers can be found.
We want to see more organisations using data for good. See how our guides and insights can help.
Key tools, resources and commentary on data
In this short practical guide, we outline how charities can turn their raw data into wisdom and informed action.
If you’re thinking about what to do with data then you’re in good company. Here are some key ways to make data work for your organisation.
There are over 10,000 charitable foundations in the UK. Between them, they generate a vast amount of data. But this data has not traditionally been seen as a resource in the same way that money has been, and this is a missed opportunity. In this report we outline how grant-makers can use data at both an individual and a collective level to improve their funding practice.
Data protection is something charities can't ignore. This short guide outlines ten considerations for charities on the safe use of personal data and introduces non-specialists to UK data protection regulations, risks and good practice.
A joint project between NPC, Mowat NFP, and Imagine Canada, this paper defines the data ecosystem, summarises the charitable data policy context, and highlights key challenges and emerging trends. It provides actionable recommendations to build a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing.
It takes time, money and expertise to collect and analyse data. Making your data meaningful means getting the most out of it—and getting the most out of the scarce resources allocated to collecting and analysing it. This briefing is a simple how-to for charities on maximising their use of data and, as a result, the work of their organisations.
With our expanding digital universe, it can feel like we’re surrounded by data but very few insights. Sonali Patel looks at how organisations can transform their data into wisdom, and use it to take informed action.
As charities look to the future, collecting both numbers and stories about how services are supporting beneficiaries will be crucial to improving their work. Here Katie Boswell outlines 3 principles of an effective approach to data in your charity.