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Become a data champion

In our Data Champions programme, 24 people come together to collaborate and learn how to grow a data culture in their organisations.

Being a data champion is about learning how and when data can be used to make better decisions and improve the effectiveness of your grantmaking. It’s not about gaining a certification or becoming a data analyst, it’s about culture. Watch the video above to find out more.

What does the programme involve?

Over four months, our data champions meet for a mix of face-to-face workshops and online discussions on topics they want to explore. We will create a community for knowledge sharing, connecting and collaboration.

See in the video what previous data champions said about their experiences.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at manager-level staff in independent grantmaking organisations that are sharing their data using the 360Giving Data Standard.

Over the programme, participants connect with each other and learn:

  • how data can help make more informed decisions
  • how to develop data literacy within your organisation and grow a data culture
  • how to overcome challenges in integrating data into your organisation’s work

When does it run?

The first group of Data Champions was selected and the programme began in December 2019. Over the coming months, we will be sharing more about what the champions are up to, and how they are learning from each other.



Data champions workshop



The Data Champions programme is a core area of work under our new strategy and is run annually. The programme is shaped around insights we learned on a data journey programme, and a pilot project that we ran in partnership with UK Community Foundations (UKCF).

360Giving is working with Dirk Slater to coordinate this programme. Dirk co-chairs the Data Literacy Consortium, a network of data literacy practitioners from humanitarian and civil society sectors.