We are delighted to announce £750,000 funding for four Civil Society Data Partnership Projects, part of the Big Data Network Phase 3. These projects establish and build upon relationships between academic researchers and civil society organisations to develop data infrastructures, enabling the partner organisations to more effectively collect and analyse their data, and enabling the sector as a whole to better utilise its data.

The projects are:

Utilising big data in the practice of torture survivors' rehabilitation
The project is a collaboration between the University of Essex and the human rights charity Freedom from Torture (FfT), seeking to explore how the data FfT collects and holds can be restructured and cleaned to make it suitable for research and analysis. The project also provides a data infrastructure to support the development of best practice in the delivery of social support and therapeutic treatments for victims of torture.

A profiler for crime, criminal justice and social harm
The project is led by the University of Salford in partnership with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. It aims to prototype the development of a 'profiler' that can enable civil society opinion formers to better understand factors affecting crime, criminal justice and social harm. This will provide civil society representatives with valuable insights into how social, economic and demographic factors shape the distribution of social harm in society.

Data resource construction: Open data, grantmaking data, and the organisational and financial base of the third sector
This project is a partnership between the University of Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) (leading institution) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It seeks to provide comprehensive data on the contemporary population of third-sector organisations in the UK, map the landscape of grant-funding to these organisations, and create an accessible data source to assist a broad range of organisations in better understanding the sector.

Developing the use of administrative data on Scotland's civil society
The project is a collaboration between the University of Stirling (lead institution), the University of St Andrew's and the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). The project will build capacity for civil society organisations to collect and more effectively use their data, using standardly collected local-level data about civil society organisations and employing data linkage.