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Welcome

Data maturity is an organisation’s journey towards improvement and increased capability in using data. This assessment covers seven key themes: Uses, Data, Analysis, Leadership, Culture, Tools, and Skills. Your overall results will indicate where your organisation is on the five stage data maturity journey: Unaware, Emerging, Learning, Developing or Mastering.

When completing the assessment, please try to answer questions based on your perception of the overall organisation, rather than you as an individual or views of a particular project or department. There are no right or wrong answers. You may want to invite colleagues to complete the assessment as a group. The more representative the participants, the more accurate the results will be.

What do we mean by Data?

When we say 'data' we have a broad definition. We include all the types of information your organisation collects, stores, analyses, and uses. It can be recorded in many formats: numbers, text, images, video, maps. For example it might include:

  • information about the people you serve (i.e. beneficiaries, clients, service users, customers)
  • which services they receive/or activities they engage with
  • how you engage with the people you serve and other stakeholders
  • financial information (costs, income)
  • details of staff, volunteers, and contractors
  • outcomes/impact measures
  • information about population needs/the environment held internally or by external bodies (e.g.health services, government, academics)
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • performance indicators.

And the list could go on….

Purpose

This self-assessment tool aims to help not-for-profit organisations understand how they are doing with data. The responses you provide will be used to generate a report on your organisation's data maturity. It will indicate strengths and weaknesses across the seven themes, enable comparison with benchmarks, and identify the next stages to work towards. We hope it will stimulate thinking and dialogue about data in your organisation and enable you to develop plans and priorities for the future.

We will ask a few questions about you, your role/s and your organisation. These will not be shared with anyone, though will enable us to monitor how representative of the sector our benchmark is. Anonymised aggregated data from respondents will be analysed for research purposes to help build understanding about data maturity in the not-for-profit sector. We will use this to inform funders, policy makers, and our other Data4Good partners about the needs of the sector.

About

This tool has been built by Data Orchard CIC which has been researching and testing data maturity in the not-for-profit sector since 2015. It builds on: the data maturity research and original framework created as part of the ‘Data Evolution’ project developed by Data Orchard in partnership with DataKind UK in 2016-17; and some longer term testing of the pilot tool with charities in England and Wales during 2018-19. We are extremely grateful to our funding partners for their grant support towards the project. They are: Digital Impact an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS); Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; and CAST – The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology.

Find out more about data maturity and about the assessment tool.

Privacy Notice

The information you provide will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018) by Data Orchard CIC as the Data Controller. Any information you provide will be held securely on hosted servers in the European Union and will not be shared with any third parties. Your data will only be used for the purposes specified. Analysis of the data and summary findings may be published without reference to any individual, organisation, or location. If you require any further information or advice about data protection and your rights please contact the Data Protection Officer, Data Orchard CIC, Lower House Business Park, Staunton-on-Wye Herefordshire, HR4 7LR. See our privacy policy.

Licencing

The Data Maturity Self Assessment Tool and Framework is licenced under the Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Contact

To get in touch please email: datamaturity@dataorchard.org.uk or visit the Data Orchard website www.dataorchard.org.uk or telephone 01432 800523