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Data Essentials for Raising Voice

  • Start: 16th May, 2024 @ 2:00PM
  • End: 16th May, 2024 @ 3:30PM
  • Online

Data isn’t just about numbers and statistics, or even stories; it’s about asking the right questions of the valuable information at your disposal, so that you can use it to better meet the needs of the people you support.

Small charities and community organisations are capturing useful data all the time. So are local authorities, national government, big charities and companies. Both our own data and that of others can help us draw insights into people’s circumstances and enable us to advocate for change or vital resources to meet need.

Ultimately, data helps us to make good decisions, spot areas of concern and highlight solutions to decision makers in ever changing political and socio-economic conditions.

But where do you start?

  • What exactly do we mean by ‘data’?
  • What do we mean by ‘robust data’?
  • Where do we go to find relevant data from others?
  • And are we collecting information in a way that’s suitable for comparison?

This session will cover

In this free session for beginners, we will cover some of the core principles which should be used when working with data at all stages of the data journey:

  • data collection
  • data analysis and
  • data presentation

You’ll also learn some key pitfalls to avoid when working with data. You’ll come away with some best practice tips for drawing conclusions, identifying your data’s limitations and presenting data findings.

Ultimately we’ll start you on a journey of practice that will help you back your hunches with data that people can understand and create and share your own findings that will stand up to scrutiny.

Am I eligible for this course?

Priority for this course will be given to Trust for London funded small charities and community organisations working in London.

Is this course for me?

This course is for staff, trustees or volunteers of small charities or community organisations working in London who are getting started on their data and digital journey and want to better collect, analyse and present data to influence change.

Course format

Online interactive group training

This is an online interactive live training session. You’ll take part in multiple interactive exercises. These may include breakout room discussions, use of collaborative tools and polls or quizzes. You’ll be asked to complete individual tasks online or offline, which may include peer-group feedback. You may also be asked to complete a task before or after the session.

We’re trying our best to give you a good classroom experience. Please join with video and bring your ideas, creativity, and challenges to share.


Karen McLean is a Superhighways Data Support Adviser, helping small charities and community groups gain essential digital and data skills backed by the right tech to achieve their goals.

Clare Chamberlain has worked in various roles at London based CVS organisations since 2008 and joined Superhighways in June 2020. She is a Data Support Adviser, helping small charities and community groups to better use the data they collect when supporting communities, to clearly share the story of their work.