New ways of capturing, sharing and analysing data are rapidly transforming how community and voluntary sector organisations work and how social action happens. Nesta has grant funded a number of projects that explore the various dimensions of this new trend.
The event included presentations and discussions of the following projects:
Analysing data to identify emerging social issues
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Datakind have partnered to explore how a data driven approach to mining the rich data that CAB hold on social issues in the UK can be used to develop a national map of emerging social issues, such as payday loans.
Understanding hidden social action
Nesta has funded 5 research grants to explore how data driven methods, such as open data analysis and social media analysis, can help us understand new types of informal social action, often referred to as “below the radar activity”.
Attendees heard about development of a funder-collaborative that is openly publishing spending data in partnership with UK’s major funding bodies and philanthropists. 360giving will help the sector create better intelligence on its activities and will ultimately enable more effective collaborations and decision making.
Open Data Challenge Series
Through Nesta’s partnership with the Open Data Institute, this series of Challenge prizes is encouraging teams to develop viable products and services for social good using open data predominantly from the public sector.