Quantitative data and resources

The following links provide a range of useful quantitative resources and sources of data for those researching the voluntary sector. Please let a member of the steering group know if you would like any of the links updating or amending, or if you have any additional resources which you would like to be linked to.

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360Giving supports organisations to publish their grants information in an open, standardised way, using the 360Giving Data Standard. You can download data files for individual grant makers from a central Data Registry or combined data from their search tool GrantNav. Their website also contains useful resources such as an active blog.


The NCVO almanac methodology pages have lots of useful information on charity data, including how to download the .bcp files from the charity commission and convert them into a usable format.


As well as publishing their deal level data, Big Society Capital have produced a range of visualisations and interactive dashboards to explore their data


David Kane is a freelance data scientist and researcher, specialising in data for, by and about charities and wider civil society. His website contains a blog and links to a range of further resources.


Think Data Scotland: The Scottish Network for Third Sector Data – a network set up as part of a workshop programme funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute on “Big Data and the Third Sector”. A network focussed on the use of third sector data which contains a range of resources, blogs and webinars.


Information on individual charities can be looked up on this website, which allows you to search via name or charity number.


A beta version of the charity register provides a few more details on individual charities.


The charity register files are available to download in their original format at this link. Most users will need to follow the instructions provided on NCVO’s website (see above) in order to convert them into a usable format.


More complex searches of the register can be conducted on this independent website.


Much of the charity level information in the charity register can be downloaded at this website, including some variables (such as activities) that aren’t available on the charity commission downloads.


Several datasets created and compiled by the Third Sector Research Centre during its initial funding from the ESRC and Cabinet Office is available from the UK data service here.


The Northern Ireland Charity Register from the ‘Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’


The Irish Charity Register from ‘The Charities Regulator’


Charity data from the US and international sources