Presentation

10:35 - 11:15

Wednesday 12 May

Why we need satellite accounts for the voluntary sector

This session will consider the case for the ONS producing a “third sector satellite account” - helping us get a better handle of the contribution of the sector to GDP.

11:30 - 12:10

Wednesday 12 May

From novices to data-driven: Charity Digital’s journey

Charity Digital has been on a data journey this past year. Although the journey is still very much ongoing, they’ve matured from an organisation who rarely used data, to one that is now data-driven. They’ll take attendees through the stages of their data journey, and how each stage has helped to inform their data strategy. While they still have more to learn, they have lots to offer in their key takeaways and learnings so far!

11:30 - 12:10

Wednesday 12 May

Count me in – the collection of diversity monitoring data and its use for action

The collection of data about individuals’ identity characteristics (such as gender, race, and social background) is a rapidly evolving area of work. For social change organisations, the design of diversity monitoring questions needs to align with reporting requirements, but also ensure that staff and service users can, as far as possible, describe themselves in ways that reflect how they identify. This session will encourage participants to think critically about the collection of diversity monitoring data, increase their knowledge of the topic, and boost their confidence to engage with diversity monitoring data in their own organisations.

12:15 - 12:40

Wednesday 12 May

Combining data using GIS for behaviour change insights at Sustrans

This session will provide an overview of how the Hands Up Scotland Survey (HUSS) and other data sources such as accident data, the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, and traffic data are analysed and combined in GIS to provide detailed insights into where and how to deploy behaviour change interventions. The HUSS data set on children in Scotland's travel-to-school habits has been collected by Sustrans for 12 years and is now an Official Statistic of the Scottish Government.

12:15 - 12:40

Wednesday 12 May

How we used our data (both internally and externally, for good) during COVID at Citizens Advice

In this session, Citizens Advice discuss how they built a consolidated dashboard and set up regular data discussions to help their service tackle the COVID crisis internally. They’ll talk about what they learnt from this process, and from their work using social media influencing with their news and comms teams to help their external stakeholders and the government understand the ever-changing concerns of people during the pandemic.

14:25 - 15:05

Wednesday 12 May

Data Journey at Working Families

15:20 - 16:15

Wednesday 12 May

How to use Understanding Society data to examine how the pandemic is affecting and changing society

Harnessing large-scale data well is becoming more critical to the work and impact of organisations. Understanding Society offers unrivalled data collected across adults, children, and families on a wide range of issues from social cohesion, volunteering, and charitable giving to health, poverty, and work. This session will provide an overview of how to make the most of this resource, including use of data collected during the pandemic. It will explore potential uses through case studies, and drill into the data to profile the extent to which particular disadvantaged groups are represented in the study.

15:20 - 16:15

Wednesday 12 May

Data For Communities - train the trainer session

For beginners, the world of data can be overwhelming, yet there is a wealth of information available to help people understand their communities and empower them to contribute to, or challenge, policies and decisions about where they live. Data For Communities is a spreadsheet-free workshop that is light, informal, and fun. It introduces people to what data is, and what it can and can’t do. Originally designed for local counsellors, it’s since been developed and delivered to journalists, charity workers, and community activists. This ‘train the trainer session’ will take you through the workshop, share its methodology, and give you some tools and tips to adapt the workshop for your own purpose.

10:35 - 11:15

Tuesday 11 May

Data Maturity, The State of The Sector

In 2019 Data Orchard launched the world’s first online data maturity assessment for the not-for-profit sector. With over 600 validated users from every size, shape, and type of organisation; the tool’s designers can now start to share what the data tells us about the state of the sector’s data maturity. This session will reflect on: the strengths and weaknesses of the sector in relation to the seven key themes: Uses, Data, Analysis, Leadership, Culture, Tools, and Skills; surprises and curiosities in the findings; how the not-for-profit sector compares with the public and private sector; the impact the tool has had for those organisations that have used it so far; and future development plans.

10:35 - 11:15

Tuesday 11 May

How to use Google Colab notebooks for collaborative coding

How can Colab Notebooks help you get started with advanced data analysis? This session provides an introduction to what Colab Notebooks are, and how to import, manipulate, and analyse data, using a 360Giving dataset as an example. Colab Notebooks are a free, interactive programming environment provided by Google, and use the Python programming language. You don’t need to be an expert programmer to join the session, but some experience of Python or other programming languages is needed.

11:30 - 12:10

Tuesday 11 May

What is the value of local place-based giving?

The local, place-based giving movement is growing. London’s Giving works with place-based giving schemes across the Capital, and believe there is something unique about the value they bring to communities. They’ve looked at what data best demonstrates this value: over the past three years, schemes have raised nearly £10m, over £550,000 of in-kind income, and over £1m in volunteer time. But it can be harder to measure their contribution to 'place' beyond financial metrics, particularly the value of the trust and relationships they bring. They reflect on using data and metrics to measure and demonstrate value; talk about what’s worked and the obstacles with using data; and showcase examples from London’s Giving network.

12:15 - 12:40

Tuesday 11 May

Economic evaluation in the social sector: Is there value in putting a price on everything?

What is the difference between traditional measures of a charity’s impact and looking at it through an economic lens? When is it useful to do so? Is it right for your organisation? In this session Pro Bono Economics will talk you through their framework for measuring the economic impact of charities, and highlight some of the key things they have learned in 11 years of supporting social sector organisations to do it in practice. They’ll also provide some thoughts on how the approach could evolve in the years ahead.

12:15 - 12:40

Tuesday 11 May

British Red Cross on Open source: why it matters in the social sector

What is open source and why it is important in the social sector? Mike will demonstrate British Red Cross’s adoption of a suite of open source tools, which analyse and publish data in the public domain under open source licenses. He’ll show the benefits this brought to the charity, including helping to secure grants and receive analytical contributions - and to the broader community, such as improving access to data, insights, and resources. You'll take away pragmatic steps to adopt an open source model in an organisation while addressing common barriers such as personal data and security concerns.

14:25 - 15:05

Tuesday 11 May

Using data at the Peabody Housing Association

Peabody’s Resident Wellbeing Project was set up in May 2020 in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent national lockdown. Peabody identified their most vulnerable residents and developed a plan to provide an immediate response to their needs during lockdown. The project has a series of deliverables which support Peabody residents in need. It began with a few very important pieces of data about each resident, and led to providing services via a well-architected and quickly designed data flow; locally based groups providing assistance with food; employment; advice regarding sources of help including government programmes; and even an app to facilitate a befriending programme.

14:25 - 15:05

Tuesday 11 May

Positive Sparks - Deep Listening to Young People

Over the last eighteen months the Bytes Project and Social Nybble Labs have been co-designing a deep listening platform to better understand young people across the United Kingdom. To date through the MVP, they have listened to over 300 young people from a wide range of backgrounds such as homeless young people struggling with the impact of drugs and high levels of suicide to young people from the LGBTQ community living in rural areas and struggling with social isolation and stigmatization. The next stage is to build out the platform with NoCode and identify opportunities for using AI/ML to identify the hidden narratives and patterns that are not so obvious and create new innovative digital youth work practice. This session will give an overview of our work to date and explore opportunities for future collaboration and ultimately influence policy makers across Government.

15:20 - 16:15

Tuesday 11 May

Data Strategy

When you're faced with an ever-changing landscape, it's vital to have a clear vision of what your organisation needs to do for success. Data can contribute significantly to this – and the key to getting this right is a Data Strategy that gives a shared vision for everyone. It defines both short and long term goals, prioritises what's important to you, and helps demonstrate strong leadership and commitment to data management. Yet many organisations don't have one. Why is that? What's stopping them? It can feel really daunting when you’re not quite sure what it’s all about. In this talk, Effini share the principles of what a Data Strategy is, how it can help you, and small practical steps to take.

11:45 - 12:25

Monday 10 May

The data journey at Christians Against Poverty

Hear from Christians Against Poverty (CAP), who have been on some big journeys using internal data to make data-based decisions, improve operational efficiency, and inform their growth strategy. They've also had a good time using this data to get leadership on board, and seen some big changes as a result. They're now exploring designing a management information dashboards and, by the time of the event, they hope to share their initial learning about writing a data strategy.

11:45 - 12:25

Monday 10 May

How to use data to tell a good story

How does data translate into publicity and journalism? There are always good stories in data, and this session is about how to bring them out. Freelance journalist David Ainsworth will talk both about how you can use data to tell the story of your own charity, and how data can be used to change perceptions of the voluntary sector as a whole.

11:45 - 12:25

Monday 10 May

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - A data driven journey from emh

Emh Group is a large social housing and care organisation based in the East Midlands of England with properties also in Yorkshire, the West Midlands and the South West, with 1,100 employees and circa 20,000 homes and commercial properties.  Diversity is one of their core values. In 2019 they agreed an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion becomes part of the DNA of the business. One of their first steps was to understand the existing data they held on equality, diversity and inclusion, assess its quality and come up with a plan to improve it. They asked Data Orchard to help them with this work.

In this session we will share our process and learning from the data analysis project, and a year on, what happened and what’s changed at emh.  Data themes will include: merging internal datasets, exploring the external data landscape, changing culture and language (and categories) for equality and diversity characteristics, pay gap analysis and data literacy.

12:30 - 12:55

Monday 10 May

Using data for quality, performance and assurance at Change Grow Live

Change Grow Live talk about their work as the biggest drug and alcohol service provider in England. Using data to make a difference has helped the organisation grow from a tiny volunteer-led group to supporting over 100,000 people every year. Key to this is a data strategy that has transformed how the organisation uses data, having an impact on service users, those on the first line, and leaders. They moved from Excel-style reporting to use of a data visualisation tool which continues to form an essential part of organisation’s response to the challenges of Covid-19.

12:30 - 12:55

Monday 10 May

How to use more data visualisation in your charity

Whether it was Covid-19 charts, or US election maps, in 2020 the public became more familiar than ever with data in visual form. But sadly, too few in the social sector use this mix of design and statistics effectively. This session will focus on how they should be using data visualisation to aid decision-making and communication, and how to do it well.

12:30 - 12:55

Monday 10 May

Using Data at Teach First

Teach First is a charity set up to address educational inequality. Teach First has been in operation for 19 years and over that time helped train and develop over 15,000 school teachers and leaders serving disadvantaged communities. In this session they will talk about Teach First’s journey of using data to inform both strategic and operational decision making. They will discuss our current approach including how they have used data in our shift to virtual delivery during the pandemic and future plans. They will also talk about some of the challenges faced (plenty!) and how they have overcome them.

14:40 - 15:20

Monday 10 May

From Paper to Power Suite – Taking off on a digital and data journey at London’s Air Ambulance

To use data, you need to collect data. For London’s Air Ambulance helipad daily operations, that meant moving from equipment and vehicle checklists on paper, to data-driven digital checklists built in Microsoft’s Power Apps. LAA’s move to Microsoft’s dataverse and ‘no-code’ tools is designed not only to save team time, but also to build data on checklist completions and issues – leading to reporting and insights to help patient care. In this workshop, LAA will discuss technical benefits and shortcomings of the Microsoft suite (especially for non-experts), and the sociotechnical issues and human factors involved in integrating the existing processes of specialist teams of clinicians, pilots, and fire crew with digital tools and data innovation.