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, and what data are already out there?

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.


Where is the evidence? Debate

Chair: John Mohan, University of Birmingham.

Panel: Karl Wilding, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Dan Corry, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), and academics - to be confirmed.

The Panel will consider how to use data to structure impact mapping and tracking, and how to derive evidence of impact from data. What are the specific impact measures which will help develop the evidence-base in the sector? How can data support meaningful impact capture?

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 and Rob Dymond-Green, UK Data Service

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

Using Tableau Public, we will show how to explore and visualise a range of data in an accessible way in graphs and charts. Using data from with QGIS, an open source mapping tool, we will demonstrate how to plot and map area level data and/or coordinates for data held at postcode level. An example is creating a basic regional map using Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

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
Louise Corti, UK Data Service and John Mohan, University of Birmingham

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