WM Funders Network held its Annual Conference as part of the National Conference on Data4Good held @ Library for Birmingham, Centenary Square Birmingham, B1 2DR on the 14th November 2018. The WMFN held a specific, members-only, workshop for funders operating in the region that provided an opportunity for members to reflect on what they had learnt from the sessions attended during the national conference and the use of their own data; opportunities for data collecting and sharing, and generally increasing regional funders awareness of the uses of data. James Bowles, PhD student, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham shared some of the tools he has developed to look at charity data openly available and how that can help to map a location. Examples of this was given on a visual map of the charities that exist in the West Midlands and in particular wards in the city. Austin Rodriguez, Commissioning Manager, Birmingham City Council (member of the Network) shared how open data on funding in the region and in particular Birmingham is helping to inform their commissioning approach and bringing together services in a locality to work more closely together.
The WMFN event is sponsored by Charity Bank and Brewin Dolphin
Background to the Data4Good National Conference
The first ever UK Data4Good conference will bring together non-profit leaders to inspire and build confidence in the possibilities using data can bring.
The conference will connect leaders and practitioners from charities, social enterprises and funders to share knowledge, skills and good practice on how non-profits are adapting and excelling in an increasingly data-driven world.
The Conference will explore the opportunities and new challenges the sector is grappling with, and provide the first ever opportunity for ‘data people’ in the sector to come together, share experiences and build a community.
This is a great opportunity for funders from the region to also access the wider opportunities that the Data4Good conference will provide such as the other sessions and breakouts
- Building a data-savvy social sector
- How open data is transforming the funding landscape
- Responsibility and ethics around data
- Innovative approaches to analysing and presenting data
- Using data to build sustainable communities
- Data and evidencing impact
- Collaborative approaches to collecting and sharing data