Charities and social enterprises in our area are being asked to take part in a research project into the use of data by organisations in the sector. You can help by answering a few simple questions online .

The research is part of the Data Evolution project being run by the charity DataKind UK and the social enterprise Data Orchard.

The two organisations are trying to work out the challenges and opportunities different sorts of charities and social enterprises face to making better use of data.

They hope that this will mean that it will be possible to provide better advice, signposting and support to organisations at different stages of their use of data.

Emma Prest from DataKind UK explained:

“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.”

Sian Basker from Data Orchard CIC added

“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”.

You can sign up to be sent a reminder when the survey goes live. Just visit

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