Bonnie Chiu

The Social Investment Consultancy

Bonnie Chiu is the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy. Since joining in 2014, Bonnie has expanded the firm’s work internationally and now leads on TSIC’s impact evaluation and thought leadership. She has worked with over 70 clients including the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, UNICEF and the National Lottery Community Fund. Having delivered large-scale, multi-year impact evaluation projects, she has a wealth of expertise in mixed methods evaluation - she has been trained in Social Return on Investment (SROI), Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) and has a Certificate in Foundations of Data Science from the University of Berkeley. She is an avid advocate of participatory research, user voices and downward accountability, having founded an award-winning social enterprise which trains marginalised women and girls photography and storytelling. She has also been dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She serves on Forbes Women as a Senior Contributor, and she has co-founded the Diversity Forum for Inclusive Social Investment in the UK. She has recently supported DEI Data Group, working with 360Giving, to create the DEI Data Standards. Bonnie serves multiple strategic governance roles: she is a member of the Flexible Finance Investment Committee of the Access Foundation for Social Investment, a member of the Expert Review Committee of the World Benchmarking Alliance's Gender Benchmark and sits on several Boards. She holds a Master in International Relations from the London School of Economics where she specialised in intersectionality and gender.

10:35 - 11:30

Monday 10 May

I am me: equalities data for everyone

Do you collect equalities data about your members, service users, beneficiaries, staff, or volunteers? It may be required by funders, through contracts, as part of recruitment processes, or to identify need or gaps in service provision. But how do we ensure that this isn't just a tick box exercise? How can we capture the identities of the real people we interact with? This session will challenge participants to think about why and how we collect equalities data. Through thought-provoking interactive exercises and game play, participants will consider the importance of self-identification and how to allow space for intersectional data to emerge. Delivered by facilitators working on equalities issues that truly aim at including everyone, this workshop helps 'I am me' to be captured as a reality, and avoids the sterility of tick boxes.