The team at Latitude Network is starting the year with a new more focused mission - 'Building a data-empowered social sector.' Why? Because we’ve learned over the last seven years of work with many great and varied organisations that data is a key to how we achieve better social impact. Most social organisations also recognise that they are at the early stages of their data journey, with plenty of opportunity to improve and grow. You can read more about what data empowerment looks like in this article or in our updated website.
So what is data empowerment?
We see data empowerment as the state where frontline workers and managers have the right data at the right time presented in a way that helps them make better quality decisions, and these decisions have a direct impact on improving client outcomes. Good data empowers people because it -
How do you become data empowered?
You may be thinking - that’s all well and good for commercial organisations or large NFPs with big budgets, but what about the rest of us? The good news is that there are things you can do that you can start yourself right away, and there are ways to share the burden in collaboration with others in your sector.
While data can often seem a dry topic, we see it as key to taking social service organisations to the next level of impact and performance. It’s a big task, so we are always seeking partners and allies to work with us on that journey. We look forward to further conversations with you!
* Tools that enable data include CRMs, databases, data warehouses, data processing and integration tools, analytics, dashboard and visualisation tools, machine learning, AI (large language models), and many new and emergent tools - the data and analytics space is changing quickly.