New Initiative Unpicks Complicated Data for Disability Groups
17 January 2014
Small disability groups could boost their chances of getting
funding and improve their services thanks to new government help to
tap into a goldmine of data. The 'Community
Data Toolkit' provides everything disability groups and other
grassroots organisations need to know about how to analyse and
interpret data in one place.
Often these organisations are run by volunteers or have limited
resources, so the Data Toolkit will help them to make sense of what
can often be complicated statistical information and build a
business case to pitch for work.
Minister of State for Disabled People Mike Penning said:
"There are literally hundreds of disability charities and
grassroots organisations in the UK, all of whom need to be given
the best possible chance of accessing sources of funding and
services from providers.
The data toolkit does precisely that by offering clear guidance so
groups can get to grips with what can often be baffling and
confusing information and give them the confidence to work up
professional and practical business cases, which they can use to
pitch for work, services and funding.
The document provides an overview of what constitutes data, the
types of data available and advice is given on how the different
data types should be evaluated."
Links to websites run by key data providers, such as the Office
for National Statistics, are also provided. This has been done
under 8 main themes:
- health and wellbeing
- other disability data
The toolkit is easily accessible and has been brought to life
with a series of case studies and scenarios demonstrating how these
organisations can put the data to good use and how issues may
affect their clients.
See the ODI website for the 'Making
Disability Data Work for You: A Community Data Toolkit'.