Office Hours

Office Hours

Free, One-to-One Data Advice

Office Hours are an easy way for any nonprofit organisation in the UK to get free support and guidance on data and data use. If you work for a charity, social enterprise, or the public sector and want to better understand what you can do with the data you hold, come and pick our brains!

Any social change organisation can contact us and talk to a data expert for an hour during our monthly Office Hours sessions, whether their issue is operational or strategic, well-formed or speculative. It’s an easy way to discuss the challenges your organisation faces and our data science volunteers will help you think through possible solutions.

  • CareDogs
    As a start-up charity, we found DataKind’s Office Hours to be so useful. We’re in the process of building out our impact strategy and framework and going through it all with your volunteers allowed us to go forth and write the pre and follow-up surveys that will help us measure our impact against the change we’re trying to make in the world.
    CareDogs
  • Olly, Programme Director, Franklin Scholars
    I came to DataKind's Office Hours to find out more about how accurate our analysis was and how we could describe our impact based on our data. It was so useful that I came back a second time with our findings so I could check through the results with a professional statistician! It's such an ace free resource and I'd recommend it to other non-profits who want to explore their data further.
    Olly, Programme Director, Franklin Scholars

How does it work?

Give us an outline of your idea or challenge below. You'll be matched with two of our volunteer data experts, who will go through your challenge and potential next steps with you during your session. You don’t need to bring prepared data, and everything is confidential. You are welcome to come back to as many Office Hours sessions as you need.

We’ve provided advice and light-touch support to more than 150 social change organisations through this scheme. Currently, all sessions are remote, but when we're not social distancing, Office Hours also takes place in person, in London and Edinburgh. Our Edinburgh programme is in partnership with the wonderful Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The sessions run on the first Wednesday of every month. Not soon enough? Let us know below and we will try our best to give you some other options.

What questions do organisations ask?

If you're not sure if Office Hours is the right type of support for you, please get in touch with us. We will do our best to connect you with support that matches your needs.

Book Your Slot

Fill in the form below - it shouldn't take more than five minutes - and our Data Science Lead Dulcie will contact you to confirm your booking.

When: 4pm-7pm, first Wednesday of every month, or as needed
Where: Remote, via Zoom, Google Hangouts or phone
What to bring: Your data challenge and an open mind!