Reframing how we talk about nonprofit data and technology work

This blog post is based on a talk that I gave at UK Community Foundation’s Annual Conference in October 2022 to UK community foundations and other funders. The takeaway is that we can reframe nonprofit data and technology initiatives and work by focusing on ‘Strategy’, ‘Stewardship’, and 'Sustainability'.Content warning: this blog post is fairly speculative… Continue reading Reframing how we talk about nonprofit data and technology work

Linking up strategy, communication, and data use in nonprofit organisations

In many ways, it feels like the use of data (both about and by) the UK's nonprofit sector has changed markedly in the eight or so years that I've been researching and working in this space. One thing that hasn't changed is the need to make sure data use and wider 'data work' supports both… Continue reading Linking up strategy, communication, and data use in nonprofit organisations

Starting a programme of strategic data use workshops

From October 2022 to March 2023 I'm going to be running workshops with charities from across the sector. This blog is part reflection, part a space to bookmark resources. Next year I'll follow it up with "Ending a programme of strategic data use workshops" It's really important that we value and defend academic work which… Continue reading Starting a programme of strategic data use workshops

Opportunities for relational charity data use in the new health and care landscape

Major changes in the health and care landscape present opportunities for charities to use data relationally: to broker partnerships, influence priorities and legitimise their knowledge The Health and Care Bill (which will most likely become law in the summer of 2022) will formalise the shift to integrated care systems (ICSs) that has been taking place… Continue reading Opportunities for relational charity data use in the new health and care landscape

The charity-cryptocurrency complex

It may appear that charities and proponents of cryptocurrencies benefit from working together. However, charities should consider the risks posed to their legitimacy by partnering with actors in the cryptocurrency space.As someone who researches the use of data and technology by nonprofit organisations, I've been intrigued by the deepening relationship between proponents of blockchain technologies… Continue reading The charity-cryptocurrency complex

Catalyst guest blog – How charities use geospatial data: research findings from a study of UK organisations

This was a guest blog post first featured on Catalyst's blog on 3rd March 2021 and is independent of Catalyst. It is a whistle-stop tour of a diverse range of practices, so please get in touch if you wish to know more. Many thanks to David Ainsworth for his editorial skills. “Everything happens somewhere” says the… Continue reading Catalyst guest blog – How charities use geospatial data: research findings from a study of UK organisations

From the data-driven nonprofit to nonprofit-driven data

The phrase 'data-driven nonprofit' is used to describe how traditional nonprofit organisations adapt to using data, but there's an emerging ecosystem that can be described by flipping the phrase around. 'Nonprofit-driven data' describes an ecosystem of data institutions that place the key tenets of the nonprofit form (non-distribution constraint, trust, public benefit, accountability) at their… Continue reading From the data-driven nonprofit to nonprofit-driven data

Charities, change agents and the diffusion of data-driven practice

"Diffusion is the process in which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system" Everett M. Rogers. In looking at how charities use spatial data, the majority of cases I've explored so far have been large charities that could be classed as 'innovators' or 'early adopters' of… Continue reading Charities, change agents and the diffusion of data-driven practice

OCSI Blog – the power of spatial data for third sector orgs

This was a guest blog post first featured on OCSI's blog on 17th June 2019 and is independent of OCSI Amidst the wider ‘data revolution’, the UK’s third sector is undergoing a significant shift in the way that data is gathered, used and shared. As many third sector organisations are inherently spatial in nature (through… Continue reading OCSI Blog – the power of spatial data for third sector orgs