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Is the charity sector data-driven, or driven mad?


Data Orchard CIC and DataKind UK are asking third sector organisations to take part in a national research project about the challenges and opportunities of using data for good.

Those willing to spare five minutes of your time before the deadline of 5pm on Thursday 4 August can click here to complete their online survey.

The organisers of the survey hope it will lead to better understanding of needs and more joined-up provision of advice, signposting and support from organisations that want to help with data.

Sian Basker from Data Orchard explained:  “The results of this research could have far-reaching impacts on the effectiveness of the sector. We need to hear from the charities that haven’t considered what data might mean for them as much as those that are making lots of use of analytics. There are no right or wrong answers.”

Emma Prest from DataKind UK added: “At DataKind we have seen first-hand how transformative the smart use of data can be for charities. Data-driven decision making can save organisations money and increase impact. We want to understand how we can better support the social sector as they progress along their data journeys.”

More information about the project is available at the project website or by emailing

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