Data Surgeries

We run monthly Data Surgeries to help funders feel more confident using data

Data Surgeries are informal learning sessions for funders who want to increase their data skills.

It can be hard to find time to develop new skills, especially when you have a busy role and data isn’t central to your work. Data Surgeries give you that time, and a safe environment to work on data problems and learn together with your peers. They are designed to help people who work in funding organisations solve real-life problems that can come up when working with data. 

What is a data problem?

You can bring any problem you have using data, for example:

  • How to use different taxonomies or ways of categorising data
  • How to use geography data 
  • How to analyse grant application data
  • How to present your data to others

What happens at a Data Surgery?

Data Surgeries are informal learning sessions that last for up to two hours. We have two types of Data Surgery:

  1. Learning Surgery – in each session we’ll focus on a different practical data skill, and enable peer learning between participants from different funding organisations.
  2. Group Sharing Surgery – a facilitated group activity where we’ll work on a data problem brought by a participant. 

Data surgeries are for non experts. They are intended to be a safe learning environment for you, whether you are totally new to data or want to brush up your skills. 

We hold Data Surgeries via Zoom (and hopefully in person when we can) in a group of up to 12 people for an optimum learning experience. These are practical workshops, so you’ll be using your computer or laptop and working on spreadsheets. 

Our surgeries are open to people working in grantmaking organisations only. You don’t have to already be publishing data in the 360Giving Data Standard to taken part. 

Upcoming surgeries 

Learning Surgery: 19th Aug, 2-4pm

Spreadsheets – come and boost your spreadsheets skills! We will teach you some whizzy functions in Google Spreadsheets and explain how it can make data analysis much easier.
Sign up here. 

Group Therapy Surgery: 17th Sept, 2-4pm

Come and discuss your data problems with like-minded peers. We will try to help you solve problems together. This is a great opportunity to meet people you can collaborate with and share experiences. 

Learning Surgery: 20th Oct, 2-4pm

Mapping – come and learn about geographical data, and when and how to use it. You will even learn how to make a map of your grants using Flourish