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.
Featured resources and commentary on data
In this short practical guide, we outline how charities can turn their raw data into wisdom and informed action.
The road to increased efficiency is often perceived as a journey where data and its collection feel like an obstacle rather than a compass for navigating through the maze of service design decisions. But it does not have to be this way.
Our Data Labs project aims to open up government administrative data to the social sector. That way, charities, funders, government bodies and social enterprises can better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries.
NPC has worked with many charities and social enterprises over the years to help them work out what data they need to understand and improve their work. It can be a confusing question, and sometimes even the word 'data' puts people off. Here our head of impact management James Noble introduces the different kinds of information organisations can collect.
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.
Sortified wanted a firmer evidence base to examine local issues, so they commissioned NPC to develop a data set which examined needs at a hyper local level. The data showed how we must challenge perceptions and assumptions, so that we are not targeting support in the wrong places.
What do we know about the charitable care sector and how it compares to other providers?
This analysis is based on demand data from Turn2us, a national charity which helps people in financial need gain access to financial help. From analysing this data set we have identified key trends about this crisis relating to increased demand.
As we emerge from lockdown, new questions present themselves, such as how can we build back better? Data can help ensure that our focus is on the right questions as we look to a future beyond Covid-19.
This analysis is based on demand data from Buttle UK, who give grants to support children and young people in crisis. We have identified some key themes from analysing this 2019 and 2020 data, and it is an example of what we can learn from tools like our interactive data dashboard.
Our research captures our sector in the final few months of calm before the storm, offering insight into its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and risks, so that philanthropists, funders and policy makers can best support charities to help those who rely on them now more than ever.
Regularly updating and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis for charities and funders. We have built an interactive dashboard which shows the places most affected by Covid-19, and those that have underlying factors—such as age, health, ethnicity—which may put them at risk.
The current crisis poses many challenges to charities and funders. One of the most difficult challenges is determining which people and places need extra support. Data can show the places that are currently suffering the most from Covid-19, and those that have underlying risk factors.
In anticipation of our upcoming seminar on data, this guest blog by STOP THE TRAFFIK emphasises the importance of data in identifying, preventing and predicting global trafficking hotspots.
How to turn your theory of change into a plan for measurement, the five types of data you will need to pay attention to, and how to prioritise what to measure.
As part of data protection day, Principal for Data, Rosario Piazza discusses the opportunities GDPR can bring for the social sector.
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