Panel Discussion

10:35 - 11:00

Wednesday 12 May

The impact of COVID on the third sector and how to improve your organisation’s response

What has been the impact of COVID on the third sector? How do organisations need to adapt? What help is available to redesign strategy, processes, operations, data collection and analysis? In this session The Charities Aid Foundation will discuss the impact COVID has had on the third sector and Pro Bono Operational Research will talk you through the types of support available to help you build back better. Come prepared to discuss key challenges you have encountered over this last year with our PBOR experts.

10:35 - 10:40  Welcome and Introduction to OR (Jane Parkin)

10:40 - 10:50  The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on charities (Kate Hammond) and poll questions

10:50 - 10:55  PBOR Case Study - Home-start (Jane Parkin)

10:55 - 11:00  Pro Bono OR Scheme (Amy Hughes)

11:00 - 11:15  Discussion (Ashleigh Monks)

10:35 - 11:15

Tuesday 11 May

Undertaking a CRM transformation to improve data quality and insights at Teach First

Teach First is in the process of upgrading our CRM and undertaking a large scale business transformation, reviewing all processes, and most importantly data. As one of the first adopters of Salesforce, their data structure is not fit for purpose and limits the insights the organisation is able to generate. This session will cover Teach First’s experience in transforming its Salesforce, challenges faced and emerging lessons for any organisations in the process or about to undertake a similar transformation.

10:35 - 11:15

Tuesday 11 May

Reframing data - developing community custodianship for social change

This roundtable will be a forum for sharing community custodianship methods and examples. Data is mostly viewed as a resource that is collected, analysed, and acted upon by organisations and institutions. In community settings it is used to understand need, target resource, and measure success. Yet most find data intangible and exclusive, creating an environment of surveyors and those that are surveyed. Reframing our relationship with data so communities are integral to the process of data design, collection and analysis offers the chance to demystify and reveal data not only as a performative process, but one which through support can enable communities to become active participants rather than passive subjects.

15:20 - 16:15

Tuesday 11 May

Building place-based data indices: How can we support places to use data to address the challenges they face?

This session asks ‘How can we support places to use data to address the challenges they face?’ Power to Change will chair the panel to Change with three speakers. The Centre for Thriving Places will present their Thriving Places Index, a framework measuring the local conditions for wellbeing, and whether those conditions are being delivered fairly and sustainably. The Social Economy Data Lab will present their work using credit and debit card transaction data to track the impact of Covid-19 on high streets. And Onward will present their work developing the Social Fabric Index, identifying not only the places which demand the greatest attention, but also the communities whose strength offers lessons.

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.

15:35 - 16:30

Monday 10 May

Decolonising data: principles for improving the ownership, diversity and accessibility of data

Gather will facilitate a panel discussion of experts from across the geospatial, international development, and open data discipline to discuss the challenges, failures, and pathways to success for decolonising data. This will include conversations around how to ensure equitable access, ownership, and use of data by local stakeholders and decision makers, and representative datasets that surface under-represented groups. The session will be chaired by Raheema Abdirizaq, with panelists Rudo Kemper, Dr Azzam Abuhabib and Carmen Leon-Himmelstine.