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Using data

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These sources of data can be used to influence commissioning and improve contract bids.

About the voluntary sector

The NCVO UK Civil Society Almanac contains a wealth of data about the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. You can use this data to discuss with commissioners, for example, that:

  • funding cuts have had a disproportionately greater impact on charities, at a time when charitable action is most needed
  • often there are fewer charities in areas of higher need, when it should be the other way around.

Local area data

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an ongoing process by which local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and other public sector partners jointly describe the current and future health and wellbeing needs of its local population and identify priorities for action. The JSNA is not just about health and personal social care services; it is also about the wider aspects of health including poverty, employment, education, public safety, housing and the environment.

Office for National Statistics has a database that can be interrogated at ‘borough’, ‘ward’ or ‘super-output’ level, and you can search on many categories such as crime and safety, economic deprivation, housing and work deprivation.

Further resources

Public health

Public Health England Data Gateway

Public Health Outcomes Framework

Healthier Lives

Health Profiles


Commissioning for value


Consulting and training on data

NCVO Consultancy can provide a half-day training session in your area on how to mine publicly available data to influence commissioning and write better bids. 

Watch the webinar

Watch a recording of the Cabinet Office funded webinar on using data to support a commissioning case hosted by NCVO (webinar took place on 30 June 2015).

View the presentation slides

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