What is a data collaborative?

A data collaborative (or collective) is a group of organisations that have joined forces to share their data.

Here are five benefits of data collaboration for your organisation

1. Make a bigger impact in your community

Data sharing can help your organisation make a bigger impact by giving you access to data that is held within the community, filling the gaps left by open data. That’s because more data means better insights about the problems you’re collectively trying to solve in your community. Pooling resources will help your organisation more easily identify community needs, track the impact of programs and activities and any trends in the community. Data collaboration can help you identify what works (and what doesn’t) and save you time reinventing the wheel.

2. Have confidence you and your partners are well informed to have a better conversation

Like-minded organisations focused on improving lives in the community hold important information about services that could be pooled to turn that data into insight and knowledge to benefit the collective. Not-for-profits can also collaborate with government agencies and access “closed” public datasets to fill the gaps not filled by Open Data. When you have the knowledge, then together partners can have data-informed conversations about how to best respond.

3. Build and grow a data set about the issues that matter in your community

One of the common pitfalls of social sector data is that it can be messy, held across various locations or there simply isn’t enough of it. And that’s assuming you’re collecting it properly in the first place. As a result, community level data can be challenging to access and analyse. Many local groups don’t have the resources or know how to do the analysis themselves, due to resource constraints or data literacy. Joining forces with other groups can help lighten the load and save you time answering commonly asked questions and accomplishing shared goals. You’ll also be creating a data asset for future planning and the community’s benefit.

4. Contribute powerfully to the local, state and national policy debate with local data and knowledge

Understand the issues in your community and present a case for what is needed to funders, both Government and philanthropic, and give greater focus to your collective vision of what work needs to be done to improve your community. You can also compare programs, track community outcomes or gain insights about what works (and what doesn’t).

Combining your community stories with the local data will mean you can have more power in the policy debate. There’s no story without data and no data without story.

5. Submit better reports to funders and stakeholders, to better tell your story

Reports track outcomes and indicators, and they can tell your community’s story. Blending local data with Open Data can help to enrich that story. And adding qualitative data like videos, case studies and testimonials from a variety of sources will generate better reports for funders, stakeholders and to build an evidence base for policy change or new funding.

Seer is helping Community Collectives harness the power of shared data

Seer has introduced a Community Collective plan tailored to NFPs, and the first product of its type in the Australian market.

The subscription service costs $16,000-a-year (shared by those groups) and caters for 20 users across four organisations with a support advisor, storytelling dashboards, access to more datasets and advice from Seer data scientists. Get more information on the Seer Community Collective plan here.

We look forward to helping you on your data journey with Seer.

About Seer Data & Analytics

Seer makes data accessible, usable and shareable for all. Open Data is an opportunity for people of all skillsets to engage in solving social problems.

Seer offers an ever-growing library of Open Data and Packaged Insights with simple tools to easily find, share and use data for problem solving. Seer also helps communities build data collaborations by facilitating easy and safe sharing of private data.

Seer believe complex, tough questions can be asked and answered with data from which all communities and people can benefit.

The team at Seer has experience working with a broad range of communities and organisations from all over Australia, including the Australian Government Department of Social Services, Save the Children, Vision Australia and more.

For further information contact:

Kristi Mansfield – Co-founder & CEO email me now.
Adam Peaston – Co-founder & Chief Data Scientist / Head of Product email me now.