Data foundations

09:35 - 10:10

Wednesday 12 May

KEYNOTE: People Shaping Data

Who gets to structure, analyse and benefit from data is just another articulation of who has power, status and recognition in society. People and communities deserve to be able to shape and have a say in how information that concerns them is collected, and charities have a hugely important role in reshaping data both data use and data discourse, to make sure everyone is counted and included in a fair and representative way.

14:25 - 15:05

Wednesday 12 May

5 top tips for charities to make better use of their data without big budgets

Christina will talk through the 5 biggest changes that any organisation can make – without spending money - to make better use of their data and develop a data culture.  She’ll focus on ‘big impact-small cost’ initiatives that can help you to develop an organisation where your people use data, not guesswork, to make decisions.

Christina is Director, Data & Analytics at NEST and was previously Director, Data and Insight at the National Trust.

 

09:35 - 10:30

Tuesday 11 May

KEYNOTE: Connect the dots between data and your mission

Creating an organisation that is guided by data is about connecting what you do back to your mission.  Taking lessons from across sectors, this opening keynote will help set the tone for how you cut through the noise and focus on the things that really matter to your organisation. It will help you get clarity on what to prioritise, the journey to take that is right for your organisation and beneficiaries, what good looks like and outcomes you are trying to achieve. Having this clarity can help avoid missteps or spending money on things that don’t add value.

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.

13:20 - 14:50

Tuesday 11 May

How to do impact reporting for small organisations

Developing an impact report for the first time can feel like a daunting and time-consuming project, especially for a smaller organisation with limited comms capacity. With a bit of guidance and a useful template, this session will give small charities a jump-start by creating a bite-sized one or two-page impact report that can be easily updated and adapted to fit a website, social media, or funder report. They may even find this is all they need to get their message out to the public and key stakeholders!

14:25 - 15:05

Tuesday 11 May

Measuring what matters: 5 types of data

Charities have lots of options to collect data but with limited budgets they have to make tough choices. How do they navigate this, and make sure their data is being used to answer useful questions? This session will focus on how NPC have classified the different types of data charities might use to measure performance and understand the effect of their work.  We will discuss how these types of data link to an organisation’s theories of change, and how the framework can help any charity think through it’s options systematically.

15:05 - 16:35

Tuesday 11 May

Shaping a more data wise London

What's the first word that springs to mind when you think of data? 'Scary' or 'zzz' were responses when we started our data literacy programme for small charities and community organisations in London. Many organisations also told us they used their data for impact reporting. But what about using data to adapt or create new activities and services for local people that need them? How do you start to ask questions of the data you have? Or compare it with complex and seemingly impenetrable external data sources? Datawise London aims to give charities and community organisations the knowledge and skills they need to better use data to shape service-delivery and influence change. In this session you'll gain insights from the workshops, tools and techniques we've created or adapted to motivate small organisations to develop their data capability. Starting with our replicable entry-level interactive workshop, Data Essentials. You'll also hear from two local charities on their data development journeys and experiences of taking part in our 8-month cohort of community organisations seeking to better use data to shape their future.

13:35 - 14:35

Monday 10 May

What is Data Science?

Data science is where maths, statistics, and computer science meet. It’s a broad church, but the end game is always the same: to get insight from data. DataKind UK has years of experience supporting social change organisations to use and value data science. This talk will introduce you to the basics of data science and what you might use it for in your organisation, as well as some key first approaches and ways to get started in order to find out more about your clients or beneficiaries, evaluate your services, or improve operational efficiency. For some organisations, data science can be transformative in how services are run, and the impact they have.

13:35 - 14:35

Monday 10 May

Data and the board: challenges and opportunities of driving data transformation as a charity trustee

Having data-confident trustees can be so pivotal in making data a part of decision-making, particularly for smaller charities. Yet this skill set is rarely prioritised in trustee recruitment. This session will look at these questions:

  • What are some of the challenges to successful data-savvy trusteeships?
  • What are some of the top tips for trustees who want to lead data transformation?
  • How can I get a trustee with expertise in data?

If you are interested in super-charging your board with data skills, this session is  for you.