Supporting civil society organisations to deliver insights and impact from data: an ESRC and UK Data Service workshop

Date: 17 October 2017
Location: The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN



Coffee and registration


Introduction and welcome

Louise Corti, UK Data Service



Neil Serougi, Developing Partnerships to Deliver Impact: The Challenges Ahead


A question of data: what data do you collect and need: Short presentation and questions

Louise Corti, UK Data Service: What kinds of data are organisations collecting?

UK Data Service: Sourcing data from the UK Data Service and beyond

Civil Society Organisation Speaker - to be confirmed


Refreshment break


Ethical considerations in sharing and using data: Presentation and group work

UK Data Service

Following a short presentation, participants will work in groups to share ethical issues encountered and/or successfully dealt with in the use of data from their own organisations. Feedback from group work.

Prerequisite: Participants will be asked to submit a short example in advance of an ethical issue and/or a data challenge they have experienced.


Debate: Measuring Impact: pleasure or pain?

Chair: John Mohan, University of Birmingham.

Panel: Karl Wilding, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Dan Corry, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), and Paul Montgomery, University of Birmingham (tbc)

The Panel will consider current drivers and practices in measuring impact for the civil society sector. How far do organisations need to go to evidence their work? Are funders putting too much pressure to use overly sophisticated evaluation techniques. What is the best balanced approach that can be taken by organisations? How can organisation's own data support meaningful impact capture at the most basic level?

Dan Corry will speak about proportionality for impact measurement and point to the value of choosing an appropriate rung on the ladder of evaluation. Examples are rethinking trying to use overly sophisticated and resource-intensive measurement, such as longitudinal analysis, and consider mentoring services.

Karl Wilding will discuss, if measurement is the answer, then maybe we are asking the wrong questions? Everyone want to know if charities are making a difference, but the answers people are looking for are wider then the path we are being pushed down. How do we get the right balance of statistics and stories?

Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, ideas and comments to facilitate and engender debate.




Guided lab session – Using open source tools to manipulate and visualise data: for beginners

Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling

Demonstration and hands-on workshop showing how to use simple free or open source tools to visualise data. Participants will learn how to appreciate opportunities and challenges in using data, including how to prepare data.

Using Tableau Public, we will show how to explore and visualise a range of data in an accessible way in graphs and charts.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop on which they can install these free software packages so that they can have a go themselves.  Our workshop leaders will provide practical help in working with data, and the session aims to be lightweight and fun!

This session includes a refreshment break at 15.15


Refreshment break


Participant feedback and questions


Concluding remarks
Neil Serougi, John Mohan and Louise Corti

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