Making grant data visible with Indigo Trust
We are working with Indigo trust exploring data that gives insight into who has been funding whom. The project, called 360 Giving, is a 5 year project with an ‘ambition for open philanthropy in the UK’. It is currently in the early stages:
- work has started towards a standard for publishing philanthropy data
- and some sample data sets have been collected.
We're continuing this initial work by road-testing the data format:
- we've been re-formatting the available data according to the draft-standard
- and analysing, and visualizing the resulting data sets.
Besides helping to polish the draft-standard, we hope to demonstrate the benefits of publishing open funding data, and to get buy in from funding bodies. We suspect that these organizations might see publishing their data as a costly and complex chore, rather than as a liberating way to benefit from the insights available when there is data from accross the phhilanthropic sector.
To address these issues, we're working with Tim Davies to make the data-standard easy to use (like publishing a spreadsheet). And we're planning to:
- publish our stories of converting the data, together with the scripts we used.
- do some basic analysis of the resulting cross-funder data to demonstrate cross-cutting insights
- visualize the results and tell the stories to point the way to more useful ways this open data can be used to improve grant-making effectiveness.
We think this will help funders choose to participate in an open-philanthropy-data community.