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Data Leadership in the access to justice and wider not for profit sector

Tracey Gyateng  |  5th September 2022

This short opinion piece set outs the importance of developing a data leadership role within organisations to legally and ethically collect, collate and maximise use of data.

It sets out what a data leadership role should encompass; why we need to explain the need for data leadership; and two ideas for how this role could be developed within an under funded sector. The first idea is for the data leadership role (and related costs) to be shared across organisations that work in the same field and have similar data systems. The second idea is to upskill current staff potentially using the funding available from the apprenticeship levy.

This thought piece was circulated on social media and sent to data leaders working in the charity sector in July 2022 as a Google doc for open commentary on whether the ideas proposed were feasible. Overall, the feedback confirmed the ideas presented in the paper. If you would like to read the comments received about the paper (or you would like to add a comment) please see here.

We are keen to hear from organisations that want to develop a data leadership role. Do get in touch!

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