Empowering Communities Through Data
Who we are
We are a community of data professionals who provide pro-bono data analytics services to registered charities and Not for Profit organizations.
Our aim is to unlock insights which may be lurking within your data assets that can support your strategic planning activities and improve your operational efficiency.
How we can help
Many non-profit organizations collect data from a variety of sources during the normal course of operations, including details on funding, campaigns, resource allocation and the clients they serve. Over time all such systems accrue vast amounts of data that can support the organization’s strategic decision making.
In-house data can be combined with external data from open sources such as census and economic data from government repositories like Statistics Canada. On past engagements, clients have been interested in, for example,
- understanding how to better target their donor base
- analysing their volunteers and where best to engage them
- optimising the locations of food banks
The output of our analysis is made up primarily of different types of visualisations. We use several types of tools ranging from Excel and Tableau to create charts and dashboards, to more sophisticated statistical software packages like R and Python for regression and time series analysis.
Data for Good can assist in a variety of ways depending on your needs. The engagement begins with a consultation with the Data Ambassador (the contact for the project) in order to assess how we can best add value and the feasibility of the engagement.
It is worth noting that you do not need to have any specific business questions in mind at the time of the engagement. Data for Good is often brought in for an undirected general exploration of trends and other interesting correlations that exist within the data. Usually this will then guide further analysis by prompting interest in drilling down deeper into specific subjects. Regular checkpoints with the client ensure that the ‘wheat’ remains separated from the ‘chaff’.
Data privacy is central to all D4G data analysis engagements. We understand the importance of protecting the confidentiality of your intellectual property, data assets and the identities of all parties interacting with your Organisation.
All data remains the property of the Organisation that we are working with. The Data Ambassador will work with the Organisation to avoid possible confidentiality concerns and ensure that all data sets are suitably anonymised. The Data Ambassador will not release to the larger Data for Good membership any data set that the Organisation has not agreed to in writing.
We expect our members to treat the data in a respectful manner, in particular not to distribute it outside of our group and to delete all data once the project is completed. However, we have no formal non-disclosure agreements in place.
That being said, access to data will be restricted to Data for Good volunteers who are working on the project. No attempt will be made to use the data for identification of specific individuals or cases for the clients, donors, or any other such persons connected to the Organisation.
Data for Good will not publicize, distribute or otherwise make available any results of the analysis without the Organisation’s written approval, with the following exceptions: analyses developed for the project may be used as samples or training materials by Data for Good or its members.
The Organisation will be notified immediately in writing in the event that we become aware that there has been a breach in any of the terms outlined above.
A sample of some of the organizations we’ve helped in the past.
Want to be part of the fun? You don’t need to be a data scientist or a PHD, there’s lots of ways that you can get involved with Data for Good.