Data tools for trust fundraisers

Data is vital to Trust and Foundation fundraisers.

  • How can you make sure your bids don’t look anecdotal?
  • How can you find useful data to support your bids?

Deprivation statistics

To check if the area you work in is an area of deprivation should look the Index of Multiple Deprivation data.

Lower-layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are small areas of a similar population size (average 1,500 residents or 650 households). There are 32,844 Lower-layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in England.

Map of England that shows the Lower-layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs)

Here you can see the Indices of Deprivation: 2019 and 2015. You can explore

  1. Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
  2. Income
  3. Employment
  4. Education; Skills and Training
  5. Health and Disability
  6. Crime
  7. Barriers to Housing Services
  8.  Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI)
  9. Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOPI)
  10. Living Environment

Explore the detail – it will give you a lot of useful information!

Sussex Community Foundation – Sussex Uncovered

The cover of Sussex Uncovered 3, including the  Sussex Community Foundation logo and the subtitle "Local Needs in Perspective"

“Sussex Uncovered aims to tell the story of the needs and strengths of our communities across Sussex. We started from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation, but have researched a wider dataset to give a broad picture of our county today.”

You can access the information

  • in the report here
  • or on the Sussex Uncovered where you can search local data across a series of themes, indicators and geography and run reports for particular areas around specific issues here

The data set includes useful data on

  • Health, Well-being And Safety 
  • Arts, Culture And Heritage 
  • Skills, Education And Work 
  • Community Cohesion 
  • Isolation, Disadvantage & Access To Local Services 
  • Environment And Public Spaces

There will be similar datasets from your local Community Foundation. You can find your local Foundation here

Cultural Engagement – Arts Council England data

If you work in the cultural sector check out the ‘Engagement in arts and culture dashboard’ from ACE here

A screenshot of the 'Engagement in arts and culture dashboard', which includes an About this dashboard section and a Tutorial on how to use it

The dashboard shows adult engagement in arts and culture with data from the Active Lives Survey (2015-17) at different geographical levels.

You can explore data from different geographical levels

  • Local Authority
  • County
  • Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Region
  • Arts Council Area
  • England

Your organisation data

Are you sharing useful information about your work with your funders?

Are you saying ‘our workshops are popular’ when you could be saying ‘95% of workshops participants would come again’? Both statements say the same thing but the second statement

  • shows that it is not just you saying that you are popular
  • confirms that you are asking participants what they think
  • reflects that you value the voices of the people that you work with

Have a look at the data that you collect and see what others might be interested in. Have a think about

  • Finance data – turnover, growth, percentages from different sources…
  • Feedback data – what are the people accessing the work telling you about taking part? Do you also get feedback from the people who support them (parents, carers, social worked etc)? Are you able to show the journey they have been on.
  • Case Studies – are you using your stories well?
  • Diversity data – what about the data of the people in the organisation and the people you work with? What do you know about them? Does that reflect your local community?

Other organisations data

On Mental health Mind shares key facts on how many people experience mental health problems, suicidal feelings and self-harm. Includes stats on risk factors and availability of treatment. here

If you need data on Disability, Scope shares Disability facts and figures here

Think about a bid charity working in your sector and then check out their website for useful information.

Funding Funders

If it is funders you are looking for – check out my article here

What else?

What other data do you use? Let me know!

Originally posted here.