NI charity regulator opens up data

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is embracing Open Data, according to its news release. It is one of the first non-departmental bodies to take the step, as part of a public sector drive towards greater transparency.

It will make information it holds open to third parties, in an accessible format, covering:

  • Charities that are listed on the public register of charities including details of their purposes, beneficiaries and public address
  • Charity income and expenditure – added as charities complete their annual monitoring return
  • Data generated through research undertaken into public trust and confidence in charities in Northern Ireland.
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Welcome moves to transparency in public grants and contracts

Sector umbrella NCVO has welcomed new government commitments to use open contracting and to improve the data it publishes on grant making. The 2016-18 Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) was launched during the recent Anti-Corruption Summit.

NCVO’s article says:

We believe that this exciting transparency development could improve public services in a number of ways.  It will increase government accountability for its spending decisions by making it easier for citizens, voluntary sector organisations and parliament to monitor where funding goes.

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Connecting people to community services via open data

Open Referral is an initiative (from America) that aims to “develop data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources” – making it more straightforward to locate help. 

The project’s chief operating officer writes for thinktank NPC on the topic in ‘Joining the dots between people and services‘.

‘Resource directory data’ gives information about the accessibility of public and charitable services but

Since no single institution is responsible for collecting information about all services, what we get today is a siloed landscape of fragmented information which offers people considerably less value than the costly sum of its parts.

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Gathering, sharing, analysing sector data

Progress with two new charity data sharing initiatives in children’s services, charity funding/grants.

Data sharing in children’s services

SupportShare is an experiment in data sharing in the field of children’s services, testing the hypothesis: is access to other data a sufficient incentive for organisations to share their own data?

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Better data for a better third sector

A Scottish Network for Third Sector Data has been set up as part of a workshop programme on ‘Big Data and the Third Sector’, in order to help build networks of collaboration with academics, third sector practitioners and policy-makers.

The first of six Think Data! roadshows is being held in Edinburgh on 27th January – see SCVO’s event page for details and booking. The ESRC-funded event is for anyone who holds or uses third sector data, but in particular intermediary bodies. » Continue reading news item ... “Better data for a better third sector”

Explaining open data research into charity funding

New on NCVO’s web pages is ‘Exploring open data on charity funding‘. Two researchers give an overview of their work in the ‘Civil Society Data Partnership’ project, which is using open data to answer key questions about the voluntary sector.

The project isn’t just about answering research questions, we’re also in the business of “data resource construction”. This involves more than just bringing open data together, we’re also describing the process, the pitfalls, and hoping to produce guides for others who use the same data.

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