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360Giving launches Quest for Questions Challenge Fund to improve data-driven grantmaking

Nov 27th 2017
360Giving, the charity opening up UK grants data, has launched the Quest for Questions Challenge Fund – an open call to the grantmaking sector to share the critical questions it wants open data to answer.
More than 60 of the UK’s leading grantmakers are now sharing more than £10bn worth of data on who,where and what they fund using the 360Giving open data standard that means the information can be shared and compared.
360Giving CEO Rachel Rank said: “We are challenging the sector to think about how this hugely valuable dataset and other open data can be used to shine a light on grantmaking and drive evidence-based grantmaking to increase the impact of charitable funds. We want everyone involved in grantmaking – whether you are a grantmaker, grantseeker, researcher or technical expert – to share the questions you need answering so we can build new data-based tools and platforms to answer them.”
From now until 31st January 2018 questions can be sent to 360Giving via the 360Giving Forum,https://forum.threesixtygiving.org/c/quest-for-questions through twitter @360Giving using #Q4Qs, or by attending one of 360Giving’s regular data surgeries.
Three questions will be chosen by an expert panel to go through to round two of the challenge in Spring 2018, when it will work in partnership with the sector to solve them. Prize money will be awarded to those creating the best solutions.
Fran Perrin, Founder and Director of 360Giving said: “We are making good progress towards our ‘moonshot’ ambition for 80% of UK grants to be made openly available by 2020. We want to develop the tools to make it easy for people to access the data and support its use for greater learning and collaboration. Our Quest for Questions Challenge is a call to the sector to help us better understand the challenges they face and how open data can respond.”
360Giving is focusing on three goals: to support more grantmakers to publish their grants data in an open, accessible and standardised way; to build an evidence base about how open grants data can be used for better decision-making and learning; and to develop tools that help people to understand and use the data.
Among those publishing their information to the 360Giving Standard are the Big Lottery, BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Henry Smith Charity, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Tudor Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. The 360Giving Standard is also in use at a local level including several community foundations, local authorities and housing trusts.
To find out more about the Quest for Question challenge visit click here
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