Conference Programme

The day will comprise of inspiring stories, interactive breakout sessions and actionable learning. The programme for the day is summarised below.




Opening Welcome and Introduction

From Sian Basker, Co Chief Executive, Data Orchard and Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering, NCVO.

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Hope and Inspiration for the Non-profit Sector

Immy Kaur, Director, Impact Hub Birmingham. Data Empowered Radical Change.  How data, people, collaboration, and creative exploration of ideas can generate radical solutions to problems in housing and childcare.

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Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive, British Science Association. The story of how data influenced changes in The British Science Association’s services, provided impact evidence, and affected culture and practices.

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Tom Steinberg, Chief Digital Officer, Big Lottery Fund. What the BLF has learned from a decade of collecting data from the non-profit sector, and why all funders should invest in data and digital.




Morning Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1: Building a Data Savvy Organisation | What does it take to be a data driven organisation?

Facilitated by Sian Basker, Co-Chief Executive, Data Orchard. The session will explain the 7 key themes of ‘data maturity’. Three very different charities will tell their stories of how they built their data capabilities. (Suitable for leaders and those leading data strategy in their organisations.) Download Sian’s Introduction presentation >>

Case studies:

Breakout Session 2: Data-Driven Giving | How Open Data is transforming the funding landscape

Facilitated by Mor Rubinstein, Labs Manager, 360Giving, this session will explore how UK grant-makers use data to inform their grant-making decisions. Read Mor’s notes from the session >>


Breakout Session 3: Responsible use of Data | How to innovate with data whilst being respectful
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Facilitated by Emma Prest, Executive Director, DataKind UK, this session will discuss how social sector organisations ensure that they are responsible guardians of data.


Breakout Session 4: Data and Evidencing Impact for Beginners | What data do you need to evidence the difference you make?
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Facilitated by Amira Tharani, Consultant, NCVO and Rachel Tait, Programme manager - Inspiring Impact, New Philanthropy Capital, this session will outline the main types of data you need to collect, and different ways of collecting them. This will be a practical, hands-on session for beginners where you can try new techniques and learn from others.

Case Study:

Breakout Session 5: Tools for Making Sense of Data | Innovative tools for drawing insight from data
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Facilitated by Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, Times Higher Education and Chair of DataKind UK, this session investigates how to transform data into information and navigate the ocean of data tools and analytical techniques for data visualisation and dashboards, analysis and visualisation.



Lunch and networking


Lunchtime Lightning Talks

Choose from 5 topics to hear with lunch. Pick a quick introduction to:


Curiosity and Cake

Participative session for delegates to further explore questions, topics and tools from the programme and bring their own questions for discussion in small facilitated groups.

Also running in parallel:

  • West Midlands Funders’ Network meeting: A closed session for WMFN members only, sponsored by Charity Bank and Brewin Dolphin.

  • Introverts’ Corner: A place to sit quietly and digest the learning so far.

  • Workaholics’ Workspace: For those who need to check their emails.




Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 6: Data and Evidencing Impact (Advanced) | How do you use outcomes data to evidence social value? | Download presentation >>

Facilitated by Amira Tharani, Consultant at NCVO, and Dr Mark Graham, Economic Associate at Pro Bono Economics, this interactive session will walk you through the process of moving from outcomes data to social value.

Breakout Session 7: Data Driven Local Communities | Building Community Data Assets | Download Presentation >>

Facilitated by Mark Braggins, Author of Data for the community - a look at how data assets are being used at a local level. This session will explore how place-based data can inform more sustainable community development.

Case studies:

  • Nick Read, CEO and Mary Burton, Associate, Brightspace Foundation. The 4-year creation of the Sustainable Route Map, a local data4good initiative in the rural West Midlands.

  • Andy Reeve, Co-Founder & Director of Urban Economics , Impact Hub Birmingham. Discussing the Birmingham Democratising Development Project.

Breakout Session 8: Data Sharing and Collaboration | Is data sharing a solution for providing person-centred care? | Download presentation >>

Facilitated by Tracey Gyateng, Data Science Manager, DataKind UK. This session discusses two ideas which are making a resurgence within the not-for-profit zeitgeist; systems change and place based approaches. Three data-collaboration case studies - children and young people, tackling obesity, and addressing homelessness - tell the story. Speakers:

Breakout Session 9: Data analysis in improving operations/strategy | Download presentation >>

This session explores the way data scientists and analysts use everyday data collected by charities to improve their efficiency, operations and strategy. Co-facilitated by Amaka Nwagbara, Member Engagement Manager, Royal Statistical Society and Amy Hughes, Pro Bono OR Manager, The OR Society.

Analyst consultants:

Breakout Session 10: Data Tools: Databases and CRM systems | Efficient tools for managing data | Download presentation >>

Facilitated by Matt Moorut, Head of Digital and Marketing, Tech Trust. Success stories and learning from charities using different tools to collect, store and manage their data.



Closing Session

Gaia Marcus, Head of Digital Strategy, DCMS | Download presentation>>

Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, Times Higher Education and Chair of DataKind UK

Sian Basker, Co Chief Executive, Data Orchard