Working with data in the charity sector invites us to engage with new ways of thinking. On the one hand, the sector is often under-resourced, especially on the tech front. On the other hand, charities are eager to use more data to help guide their decision-making, which means we need to be more creative about how data is accessed and used.
At 360Giving, we are working with funders to help them share their data in an open, standardised format and to use the data to gain more insights into their grantmaking activities. Raw data, in particular fiscal data, is often hard to comprehend and process. We want to make it easier for non-experts to use this data, which is why we have launched a Data Visualisation Challenge.
By inviting people to build websites and tools that use 360Giving data, we aim to bring a new perspective on funding and encourage grantmakers to use data more consistently as part of their work. Firstly, we needed to find out what shared challenges grantmakers face, so we crowdsourced 67 questions they’d like us to explore using data. We then selected two questions to focus on for the Visualisation Challenge:
Who has funded what themes throughout the years?
User-led organisations: Who funds them, in what thematic area, how much funding do they receive and what type of organisation are they (e.g. CIC, charity, co-operative or community groups)?
While these two questions appear to be simple, there is still a significant knowledge gap around these issues. The 360Giving dataset can help to answer them, and especially when it’s used alongside other datasets that shed light on different sectors and communities. But we know that most people don’t like looking at raw data, so we need your help!
Our Visualisation Challenge is open to everyone because we believe innovation can come from anywhere. There is a prize fund of £20,000 available for the best three entries, and we will award an honorarium for every submitted visualisation if it meets the competition criteria. You can submit up to two entries (one for each question). The resources page will help you find any additional data you might find useful and the FAQs should answer all your questions. The deadline for applications is 15th July.
Be creative! The questions are purposely broad and we will allow different interpretations as long as you can justify your choice. You can submit a video, a graph or even a story - the more creative the better.
By inviting people to build websites and tools that use 360Giving data, we aim to bring a new perspective on funding and encourage grantmakers to use data more consistently as part of their work.