How data mature is your organisation?

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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.

Your responses 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. Read our privacy policy.

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….


At Data Orchard, we have been researching and testing data maturity in the not-for-profit sector since 2015. We built this tool to help not-for-profits understand how they are doing with data, and to build a clearer picture of our sector's needs.

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 the background to our data maturity framework.


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


To get in touch please email: or visit the Data Orchard website or telephone 01432 800523