Supporting Data4Good: 1st national Data4Good conference

We were a partner in the first national Data4Good conference in Birmingham in November 2018.

‘Data for good’ is defined by the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange as “how data science can play a role in helping drive change in the delivery of public services, city operations, public health, climate resilience and the environment, criminal justice and other areas of public concern”

This event was organised to inspire and connect leaders and practitioners from charities, social enterprises, and funders interested in exploring the new possibilities of data. Themes explored how non-profits are adapting and excelling in an increasingly data-driven world, some of the new challenges we are grappling with, and how the sector can build skills and capabilities in this new field.

As a social enterprise which promotes data-informed decision-making as part of increasing digital literacy in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, RnR Organisation was pleased to be invited to be a partner in this unique event by the lead organisation, Data Orchard which is based in Hereford. Our involvement in the conference fits in with our Digital WM Project 2020

The other conference partners were 360GivingDataKind UKNCVONew Philanthropy CapitalPro Bono EconomicsTech TrustThe Operational Research Society, and The Royal Statistical Society. Between them, the event partners work with a range of funders, charities, data scientists, communities, academics, digital agencies, public sector bodies and businesses.

The full programme for the Data4Good conference was very exciting with an amazing lineup.

Speakers and presenters included Karl Wilding, NCVO, Immy Kaur, Director, Impact Hub Birmingham, Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive, British Science Association, Tom Steinberg, Chief Digital Officer, Big Lottery Fund, Aleks Collingwood, Analysis Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Rachel Kettlewell, Digital & ICT Manager, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Amy O’Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, Oxfam GB, Tom Walker, Research Manager, The Engine Room, Rachel Tait, Programme manager – Inspiring Impact, New Philanthropy Capital, Magid El-Amin, Senior Insight Analyst, Children’s Society, Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, Times Higher Education and Chair of DataKindUK, Rob Parker, Head of Data and Analytics, Guys and St Thomas Charity and Matt Moorut, Head of Digital and Marketing, Tech Trust.

Tickets for the conference were from £119 for non-profits <£100k income up to £169 for non-profits £1m+ income (tickets also available for businesses, academics/public sector and individuals).

Reading

Bloomberg’s Data Initiative: Big Data For Social Good In 2018, Randy Bean, Forbes, Jan 2 2018

Data for Good: Movement or Moment?, Cindi Howson, Gartner Blog Network, 20 Jul 2018

Data for good: Wonderful ways data is making the world better, Pam Baker, enterprise.nxt, 4 Oct 2018

How philanthropy can support the growth of data for social good, Kendra Scheiner and Jordan Junge, Social Innovation Exchange, 15 Aug 2018

Why “data for good” lacks precision, Sara Hooker, Towards Data Science, 22 July 2018