Friday 7 May 2021, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

SOLD OUT: Data storytelling: sourcing open data and collecting your own

**Places for this workshop are now sold out.**
If your organisation is a grant holder of any of The Curve 2021 funding organisations, please contact if you would like to attend this workshop.


There is a wealth of information available from the public sector. This workshop will provide an overview of:


  1. How you can find different online sources of open data that may be useful to you. 
  2. How to design the collection of your own data in such a way that it will be useful for analysis. 


In this interactive session, we will combine 1+2 and produce fascinatingly informative results.


This workshop is intended for third sector professionals who are looking to gain a better understanding of available public data and how this can be used to inform their decision making.


What you will take away from this workshop:


  • An expanded knowledge of the wealth of data that the public sector uses and is required to share.
  • Skills in making that data useful and making your own data collection.
  • An understanding of the powerfully convincing stories that you can tell with this data.


To get the most out of this workshop, you will need:


  • An internet browser (ideally Google Chrome) and Microsoft Excel.
  • To be comfortable with using an internet browser and basic Excel skills.

This session is open to any charity sector employees and volunteers across the UK. Where spaces are limited priority will be given to grant holders of The William Grant Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Inspiring Scotland, The National Lottery Community Fund and The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust.

About the trainer


Hi, I’m Tim Kershaw. I trained and practiced as an architect before developing an interest in the use of open data for making informed decisions and building strong narratives to support good causes. In late 2019 I founded Place and Purpose CIC to help community organisations across England and Wales to deliver on their goals through the use of data specific to their place. Place and Purpose also provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experience more broadly (a critical friends network), and support in finding affordable and high quality professional services.


On this personal journey, I have learned a lot about the huge amount of open data available, where to find it, and how to use it without paying for software or employing experts. I have converted this learning into a practical course that I have delivered in the private sector, and have now adapted to three sessions for The Curve 2021. Each workshop is designed to build on the others (so there is very little repetition), but also to work in isolation so that there is no need to have attended previous sessions.


Tim Kershaw
Tim Kershaw

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