The RSS hosted an event on 27 June 2013 to gather information from those attending about the data they use and need and the challenges faced in accessing it.
Titled ‘The Voluntary Sector’s Use and Need for Statistics’, the event was attended by representatives from national charities such as NSPCC, Scope, JRF and Shelter, as well as local charities, academics and other experts working in the sector.
The event’s aim was to help develop plans for a scoping study on a ‘data navigator’ for the third sector. The term ‘data navigator’ is a shorthand phrase referring to methods of brokering and improving the use of data and evidence, facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration activities, particularly between the voluntary sector and the academic research base.
The scoping study will be carried out over the next two-to-three months by the Third Sector Research Council (TSRC) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), supported by the RSS and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The event was also held to raise awareness amongst the voluntary sector of the published and forthcoming results of the 2011 Population Census, and the “Beyond 2011” work being conducted by the Office for National Statistics to look at the future development of population statistics.