Data project for charities awarded £400,000 from the National Lottery

The Statisticians for Society project links aims to help around 50 small to medium sized charities a year to improve their analysis and presentation of data.

Joe Lepper | 14th Jan 20
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A project to help charities improve their use of data has been handed just under £400,000 in National Lottery funding.

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has been awarded £396,000 for its Statisicians for Society project, which offers third sector organisations support with their data skills.

This includes help collecting, analyzing and presenting data.

The data project was launched originally as a pilot in 2017 and has so far matched 57 RSS volunteers with 47 charities.

It is aiming to support 50 projects a year and focus on charities and third sector organisations with an annual  turnover of less than £500,000.

Smaller and medium sized charities are being supported as they often lack the internal skills and expertise to analyse and use data, according to the RSS.

Effective use of data

“Data is changing the world, and can help charities to become more effective at meeting the needs of the people they serve,” said Hetan Shah, RSS Executive Director.

“I’m delighted, therefore that with the support of The National Lottery Community Fund, the Royal Statistical Society can help more charities get to grips with their data to improve their services to local communities around the UK.’

John Knights, Senior Head of UK Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, added: “There are huge opportunities for charities and community organisations to use data to support their aims.

“We are delighted that National Lottery funding will help more groups grab these opportunities and to ultimately help more people and communities thrive.”

According to last year’s Digital Skills Report, from Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Digital, 59 per cent of charities want to make more effective use of data.