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Data Collaborations

Share data across a whole sector or alliance for systems impact

What is a 

A data collaboration is ​a powerful method to share and analyse data between organisations across a sector to gain insights and understand impact. It uses an independent data custodian to manage aggregation, privacy and analysis.Latitude Network has developed an effective method to facilitate and run complex data collaborations for the social sector.


Understand your whole sector at a glance...

With a Latitude Network data collaboration, a sector and its peak body gains a powerful tool to 'see' the sector as a whole across whatever data is shared, such as: 

  • total clients served or services delivered

  • needs or client issues

  • locations and hotspots of service or demand

  • demographic trends

  • outcomes or client survey data

And by splitting the data by region or program or issue, you can identify bottlenecks or areas of greatest impact - powerful tools for informing advocacy, service improvement and cross-sector learning.


Sample Dashboards

See the whole and your part in it

The power of the Latitude Network data collaboration method is that each organisation gets its own private views of its own data, but also can see how it compares with like organistions, but you also get a collective view to see demand and outcome averages for the whole sector.

Independent data custodian works for you

Latitude Network acts as an independent data custodian for data collaborations - our client is the governance group and each participating organisation. We process data on your behalf that you own and use to advance the sector and beneficiaries interests. It also means we can process any dataset, keep data anonymous, and improve the system in time.

Fresh data, live access

Many social organisations provide data to government bodies (e.g. AIHW) or others, but don't get back granular data or reports. With a Latitude data collaboration we build API or upload based data pipelines that can update frequently, and you get live access to secure dashboards and data apps to use or analyse data at any time as and when you need to make decisions.

Private and secure

The benefit of an independent data custodian is that your colleague (competitor) organisations don't get access to your data - we aggegrate it and keep your results anonymous. We use state of the art Microsoft Azure data factory and multi level security protocols. You can read our plain English data policy here, and we can comply with your data security requirements.

“As the peak body, we are excited to support drug treatment services gain better insights and understandings into their data through a project that is all about collaboration.  Putting the power of data back in the hands of agencies via this data sharing model has great potential to improve service planning and ultimately improve outcomes for our clients.”


Scott Drummond, Head of Policy and Practice at Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association

To find out more, and see if a data collaboration is right for your sector, network or alliance, get in touch.

How it works

A sector comes together to agree its collaboration and what data to share and data standards and agreements. Latitude Network facilitates the discussion, builds the data warehousing to integrate data from all organisations, develops dashboards and runs analysis work and "Learning Labs" when staff from across the collaboration learn from the collective evidence and wisdom to make change.

Data collaboration how it works diagram showing data ingestion, pipeline and dashboarding process
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