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Guest blog from Pro Bono Economics


Free support from expert economists is available to Barnet VCFSEs

Are you struggling with data analysis and not sure how to optimise your data’s potential? Look no further! Pro Bono Economics (PBE) can provide you with pro bono support from our register of 800 dedicated volunteer economists to help with your data needs.

PBE’s Data First Aid service is here to provide you with the help you need. The service was designed to match expert economists with charities to help them with short-term ad hoc data tasks, which can be completed in 1-5 days over a period of up to 5 months. Previous projects have included:

  • Analysing datasets to identify and illustrate key messages
  • Creating user-friendly dataset templates for data collection and analysis
  • Developing data visualisations to be used as a reporting tool
  • Short pieces of research

How does it work?

Step 1: Tell us your data request by filling out our submission form.

Step 2: If PBE can help you, the team will work with you to develop a short volunteer brief, describing what you need and what the objectives are.

Step 3: PBE will upload your brief on its website and publicise it to over 800 volunteer economists and match you with the best economist available.

Step 4: The economist will work directly with you to fulfil your needs.

PBE goes to great lengths to identify and match qualified economists with suitable expertise to meet an organisation’s specified data needs. One recent example was the pairing of charity St Michael’s Fellowship with PBE volunteer Morgan, a data analyst from the private sector. Morgan dedicated 25 hours of work to addressing their impact measurement needs. The result was a dataset tool that substantially automated the charity’s data collection and analysis efforts.

If you feel you could benefit from this service, please visit PBE’s website to find out more information and apply here.  You can also contact the team on projects@probonoeconomics.com.


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