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Data: Thinking strategically, and making it real (and cake)

Tuesday 26th March 2024 at 14:00 GMT

Royal College of Nursing , 20 Cavendish Square , London , W1G 0RN

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About this session

We live in a world where we are overwhelmed with data. Despite this many third sector organisations struggle to grow knowledge of their supporter base or practices relevant to their mission. So called “data strategies” tend to focus on the technology or governance rather than the value to the mission. The actual use of data to create forms of knowledge (e.g. impact reporting, analysis to support decision making, educational or marketing content, research) is often ad-hoc and lost in the mists of time or as staff walk out the door. The end result is that many staff – despite having access to all kinds of internal reports and data – never feel they have access to data that would allow them to build knowledge on issues central to their role.

Looking ahead emergent AI tooling offers capabilities that will result in even more data from video, voice and meetings becoming available. However not only does AI promise to create even more data for third sector organisations to drown in but claims are starting to emerge that AI will also generate knowledge (in the form of content, analysis even prompted research….) A future is now coming into view for the first time where AI agents, automation, devices and even robotics will play an increasingly important role in our third sector organisations. But to exploit this you won’t just need savvy people – you will need data. Third sector organisations who do not have data on the top table as a genuine strategic concern ultimately may struggle to stay fit in the future. Building the right data and knowledge assets is a long term game – if you haven’t started this journey yet then this session is for you. 

 What will attendees gain from attending this session?

  • What is ‘strategy’? Is ‘strategy’ still relevant in today’s fast paced world, and what is the actual value of developing a separate data strategy?
  • A data and knowledge strategy – what actual topics might one include? What does one look like?
  • How to make data strategy real: Thoughts on change and implementation tactics, examples of the emerging role of AI, and common use cases for staff and how to service them.
  • An opportunity to discuss your own charity’s challenges with peers within the sector, across a round table.
  • And as always… enjoy all the cake you can eat (fruit and other options are provided also)!

The programme

14.00   Arrivals and welcome
            Adapta Consulting

            Welcome to the event, introductions and overview of the agenda for the afternoon.

14.10   Data strategy - what is it exactly?
            Adapta Consulting

            This will talk to the value of undertaking such a strategy and offers a frame or model for
            what content such as a strategy could contain.

14.45   Audience session - Data and Knowledge Maturity
            How "mature" is your organisation in respect of data and knowledge?

            Participants will assess their organisations maturity using a simplified Adapta
            framework to get a sense of how you compare to your peers!

 15.15  TEA/COFFEE - Opportunity to network and share learning with peers.

15.30   Making Data Strategy Real
            Adapta Consulting

            A selection of thoughts and examples on the journey towards becoming a more data
           and knowledge rich organisation aimed at helping you develop your own toolkit of ideas
           to help you drive change in your organisation.

16.00   Audience session - Round table discussions 
            A round table discussion and feedback.

16.30- Review and close
17.00  Adapta Consulting

Who should attend this event?

This session is aimed at anyone with an interest in data and especially it’s long term value to an organisations, associated strategies and change tactics. We will be referencing technology at a fairly abstract level but in a way any non-technology audience can understand. This event is not about any specific function (fundraising, marketing, services, monitoring/research) but looks at the whole organisation but rooted by staff experience.

To make a booking

Attendance is free and only open to charities, memberships, trusts and other non-profit organisations. Complete the online booking form, here.

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

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