VCSS Camp - Birmingham

Yesterday I attended the VCSS Camp unconference, bringing together voluntary sector infrastructure organisations from around the country to talk digital - how we are using it, how we can be smarter using it - sharing our experiences and learning from peers.

It was a great day - a room full 50 people enthusiastic to learn and share, and the format worked well.  There was no shortage of people 'calling out' session topics, including myself - interested in how other CVSs were using digital tools to capture their outcomes.

The session of the day for me though was one on Open Data.  A topic on my radar but which I haven't yet fully dived into.  It was topical - with the recent publication of NCVO's UK Civil Society Almanac and other focuses on analysing big data e.g. for fundraising.

The conversations turned to data and funders and we were pointed in the direction of an NPC report from a few years ago - Turning the Tables looking at an alternative model where organisations essentially make their data available and funders take what they need!  This report had so much of an impact on the person calling the session, that they ended up joining the Big Lottery and their work to start making their own data available.  

Another interesting development is  360 Giving...

360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective

You can take a look at the funders who have opened up their data and analyse however you want.


A quick search has also thrown up Mining the Grantmakers - a Nesta working paper published last month. 


All interesting stuff for our Impact Aloud 2015 conference and in particular our Funders panel!