Collaborative Leadership on Data

Date work started
July 1, 2021
Date work completed
A programme to develop collaborative leadership on sector data
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What is this

A collaborative programme of work to improve data about the social sector

Why is this important - The challenge and the opportunity

We know from existing research that there are major challenges with understanding of the sector, many of which stem from having poor data. There are many reasons for this: limited investment in data infrastructure, limited data sharing, unstandardised data.  We also know there are many people who know the challenges, have solutions and want to work together to solve these problems through collaboration and collective leadership. This initiative is a coalition of the willing taking collective action, with short and long term approaches, to solve problems through improving data about the sector.

Overarching goals

  • More timely, standardised, granular data in order to support the sector’s decision making about where the sector should focus effort.
  • A coordinated approach for engagement with Government on sector data.
  • Be a focal point for learning, expertise and collaboration on sector data.


  • Focus on user needs, identifying the opportunities and issues to be addressed.
  • Focus on agreeing practical actions that we can collectively take forward.
  • Engage all stakeholders as equal contributors by respecting the autonomy of different organisations and working groups and the need for collaborative rather than centralised leadership.
  • Work openly and share progress regularly.
  • Recognise that decision making involving multiple, independent organisations and individuals is difficult and needs everyone involved to support the process.
  • Aim to surface where there are people with shared aims and the energy to take collaborative action on items, rather than looking for complete consensus within all groups. 
  • Design governance collectively, ensuring all participants from all groups are involved in decisions regarding governance of relationship between groups and changes to these overarching principles.