Session type:


Presented by:

John Fitzgerald

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Session time:

20 Sep 15:05 15:50

Session duration:

45 minutes

About the session

The Scottish voluntary sector is dominated by small organisations (think micro-SMEs with mailing lists). 

Despite their small scale, all of these organisations are doing vital work and collecting useful information. The challenge: how to responsibly share this to generate systemic insights?

Many voluntary sector organisations who partner with the public sector find they are pushed to collect and analyse data in ways that don't align with their context or priorities.

As a result, data collection can be seen as burdensome and trivial. How might we drive a reset around data, bringing together 'data puddles' into 'data lochs'?

Participant takeaways:

  • The challenge of low technical capacity
  • The challenge of minimal or non-existent IT budgets
  • The problem of power relationships where funders impose myopic requirements
  • Challenges and misconceptions around privacy and data governance
  • How to overcome these challenges
  • Building data skills right through organisations, from front-line workers to boardrooms


Thought-provoking, Data, Communities, People-centred, Compatibility, Co-operation, Problem-solving, Systems thinking

This session:

  • Includes interaction
  • Has a number cap: 50 participants

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