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Techniques charities can use to get insights from their data

The UK social sector is vast. There are around 170,000 charities and nearly 500,000 social enterprises in the UK. These organisations support millions of individuals and countless communities – yet most of them aren’t making use of data science.

They are limited by a lack of resources, the high expected salaries of data experts, and fears about misusing data. However, some brave organisations are leading the way! Below, we highlight projects by organisations at the vanguard of social sector data use. 


How data is helping in the fight to eliminate malaria
All problems can be turned into a data problem, and the subject of malaria is no different Malaria is one of the world’s most ruthless killers. It ends one child’s life every 30 seconds, equating to roughly 3,000 children every day. In total, malaria kills over one million people each year, with 90 per cent... Read More

Q+A: Managing technical teams in the third sector
Elizabeth O'Neil has been in the tech world for twenty years. She helps technical leaders build high-performing teams and is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Elizabeth is currently head of projects and change at the Charities Aid Foundation, where she is using her expertise to help transform lives and communities accross the world What are... Read More

How big data is tackling human trafficking
Stopping the global flow of human trafficking, one of the worst blights on the modern world, presents unique data challenges. Sarah Brown, managing analyst at charity STOP THE TRAFFIK (STT), discusses the charity's work and its solutions to difficult problems Founded in 2006, STT works to identify global trends in human trafficking, identify hotspots, help... Read More

How big data and cloud are supporting life-saving non-profit operations
Aaron Auld, CEO at EXASOL, discusses how big data analytics and cloud technologies are offering incredible new opportunities in the not-for-profit sector… Cloud, in every form, is a boon for non-profit. Out of necessity, charities in particular have very strong governance in place to scrutinise the value of any investment and have thin resources that... Read More


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