Reviewing your existing data

Knowing what data you already collect and how it is being used is crucial for developing your impact management

This step-by-step exercise will give you an overview of the data already being collected within your organisation and how it is currently being used.

Many organisations struggle to make the most of the data they already have. Before thinking about what more you can do, think about the data you already hold - you may have more than you think. This exercise can help to highlight gaps, identify data that isn’t being used, and even ask - do you really need it?

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Reviewing your existing data

Key questions our exercise will help you to answer:

  • What data do you have?
  • Where is it held?
  • Who knows about it?
  • How is it being used?

Depending on the size of your organisation and how much detail you want to go into, this could be a big undertaking. Treat it as a project: make a plan before you start, be realistic about the time it will take to do it properly and think about who needs to be involved in the process.

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Reviewing your existing data exercise

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Data Diagnostic

The data diagnostic asks 10 multiple choice questions about what your programme or service is, how it works and who it targets. It then provides a tailored report that discusses what kind of data you should consider collecting and how.

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What to collect

These guides will help you understand what data you need to show your impact and what data you already have.

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