Data Orchard will develop and test a model of support, and an online self-assessment tool, for accelerating progress on the journey towards data maturity in non-profits. Using an open-published social sector data maturity framework, Data Orchard will develop two complimentary approaches:
Data is critical to non-profits’ ongoing operations and future survival. Increasing volumes and sources of digital data are being rapidly generated in every job, team, function, often alongside non-digital paper-based systems. Governing all of this safely, ethically and effectively is one of the sector’s most difficult challenges. Organizations collect and use lots of data, yet its power and potential remains largely untapped. Whilst some are using data to achieve greater impact, efficiency, and influence, most are struggling with more basic problems. In 2016 Data Orchard conducted some ground breaking research on data maturity in the non-profit sector in the UK. Data Orchard defines ‘Data Maturity’ as the organizational journey towards improvement and increased capability in using data. When we talk about data we mean all the types of information an organization collects, stores, analyses and uses. These are the 10 key problematic characteristics of non-profits evidenced by the research:
Madeleine Spinks presented the work of Data Orchard at the Data on Purpose conference at Stanford University in February 2019.