Charities, change agents and the diffusion of data-driven practice

“Diffusion is the process in which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system” Everett M. Rogers. In looking at how charities use spatial data, the majority of cases I’ve explored so far have been large charities that could be classed as ‘innovators’ or ‘early adopters’ of…… Continue reading Charities, change agents and the diffusion of data-driven practice

OCSI Blog – the power of spatial data for third sector orgs

This was a guest blog post first featured on OCSI’s blog on 17th June 2019 and is independent of OCSI Amidst the wider ‘data revolution’, the UK’s third sector is undergoing a significant shift in the way that data is gathered, used and shared. As many third sector organisations are inherently spatial in nature (through…… Continue reading OCSI Blog – the power of spatial data for third sector orgs

Mapped: charities in the West Midlands using QGIS/Leaflet

Thanks to a suggestion from Pauline at RnR Organisation, I decided to have a go at mapping all registered charities in the West Midlands.  The map shows all 13,653 charities that were registered with the Charity Commission in September 2016, and had registered with a postcode that falls within the West Midlands. The layers tab on the…… Continue reading Mapped: charities in the West Midlands using QGIS/Leaflet

Cartographic Representations of the Third Sector – an exploratory exercise

This research report expands upon the Centre for Social Justice’s proposal to develop an online, searchable map that shows both organisations in the UK’s third sector and the geographic and intra-sectoral areas in which they work. ArcGIS Online is used to demonstrate the possibilities for an online, third sector map. Interviews with practitioners from Emmaus…… Continue reading Cartographic Representations of the Third Sector – an exploratory exercise