Getting Started with Digital Data Collection

Adapting your activities and services relies on good quality information to make decisions.

Funders and supporters also ask for results before they'll put their trust in a charity or community organisation.

This may include routine information such as the numbers of people who have attended sessions, stories from the people you have helped or information about the people you have worked with. Or questionnaires that help you assess the difference your activities are making.

It is not always easy to start collecting data digitally.

Many organisations find that using paper forms or writing down someone’s words has been the most helpful and easiest way of gathering valuable information.

But there are free and low cost digital tools that can help your organisation efficiently and effectively capture, store and analyse the right data.

This information can then show the impact of your work, talk about how your service is changing or apply for funding.


What you will learn:

  • An overview of the top free (and low cost) online tools
  • Ideas for how to improve your data collection in a simple way
  • Tips for gathering both the numbers and stories from your work
  • Best practice for gathering information remotely


Who attends this session:

Anyone from a small charity or community organisation who would like to start collecting information using online tools.

This is a beginners session for staff and volunteers at the start of their digital data collection journey.


You will find this useful if you are:

  • Using paper to record your information
  • Struggling to collect information during Covid 19
  • Unsure what online tools to choose


What happens next

Attendees are encouraged to attend follow up skills based training in the Datawise London learner pathway or access one-to-one support.


Current live online training

Look for and book your ticket for live training on Superhighways' Eventbrite page.


Delivering this training to the people you work with

Do small charities or community organisations you support need help with digital data collection?

If so, please get in touch with us to talk though your needs and ideas using the contact form below.


Training enquiry