What’s next?

We will reflect on the findings and use them to inform how we design and deliver future services. The data maturity framework will be used as part of our efforts to diagnose and support social sector organisations to improve their use of data. We will continue to raise awareness of the power and potential of […]

Get help with data

We know many charities and social enterprises are grappling with the challenges of data. Data Orchard and DataKind provide support and services to help. Data services for charities and social enterprises Here are some of the things on offer following our Data Evolution project: Here are some of the things on offer following our Data […]

About the project

Background The Data Evolution project came about because two organisations, Data Orchard and DataKind UK, share a goal: ‘To help organisations working for good in the world, to use data to achieve greater impact.’ Having worked with many charities and social enterprises we noticed there were certain stages in their data development. Of course, no […]

The data maturity framework

Our data maturity framework is designed to help you understand where your organisation is in terms of its use of data and where it could get to. You can download and use the model under a Creative Commons Licence. Download the data maturity framework (this version has been designed to be easier to use, alternative versions […]

The final report

The Data Evolution project was a research project looking at data maturity in charities and social enterprises. It involved hundreds of people and organisations. We have published our final report for you to use in your organisation. Our reports are available to download and use under a Creative Commons licence. Download the summary report (for […]

Where can you get help with data?

We have started to compile a list of organisations that provide data support to charities and/or social enterprises. You can view the list of data support providers now. We’ve embedded the list at the bottom of this page too. We hope this will be an evolving list. If you are or know of other organisations […]

Data Maturity Literature Review: Appendices

These are the appendices to the Data Maturity in the Social Sector 2016 report. Appendix 1 Key Sources on Data Maturity Accenture, Analytics Maturity Assessment, Netherlands 2015 Anderson C.,”Creating a Data-Driven organisation: practical advice from the trenches“, 2015 Booz, Allan & Hamilton,  “The Field Guide to Data Science“, 2015 (2nd Edition). (Lit. Review list & Data […]


Background Our first step in the project was to work out what data maturity means and what models and frameworks already existed.   In May 2016 we published a short report on what we found.   This led us to the conclusion that we needed to create our own framework and set out some important definitions […]

About us

Data Evolution is being delivered by With generous support from To be successful the project will need the help and assistance of hundreds of charities and social enterprises right across England and Wales.

Contact us

Data Evolution was delivered by Data Orchard CIC and DataKind UK The project was hosted by Data Orchard CIC Data Evolution Data Orchard Lower House Business Park Staunton on Wye Herefordshire HR4 7LR sian@dataorchard.co.uk @data_evolution @Data_Orchard