Once you have mapped the data you currently collect and hold, ask yourself:
● Is the data accurate and consistent? Data is only useful if it is accurate and consistent. If collecting quality data is a challenge for you, explore the culture module for advice on engaging staff.
● How do you use this data? Do you collect this data for funders, or do you use it for yourselves, too? Does it help to inform decision-making within the organisation?
● Do you really need it? Does it serve a strong enough purpose? Could you get the same information elsewhere? Could it be put to better use?
● Are you missing anything important? Where do you lack evidence to demonstrate the change you are expecting? What might other stakeholders – funders, policymakers, the media, or partner organisations – want to know? Are there any gaps in knowledge about your issue across the wider sector?
Adapted from content from Inspiring Impact partner NPC