[PDF] Data for good : how big and open data can be used for the common good

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
Publication date:
01 February 2015


This report explores how capturing, sharing and analysing data in new ways can transform how charities work and how social action happens. 

Key Findings

Citizens Advice (CAB) and Data Kind partnered to develop the Civic Dashboard. A tool which mines data from CAB consultations to understand emerging social issues in the UK.

Shooting Star Chase volunteers streamlined the referral paths of how children come to be at the hospices saving up to £90,000 for children’s hospices around the country by refining the referral system.

In a study of open grant funding data, NCVO identified 33,000 ‘below the radar organisations’ not currently registered in registers and databases on the third sector. 

In their social media analysis of tweets related to the Somerset Floods, Demos found that 39,000 tweets were related to social action.