Data4Good is a movement that aims to inspire and enable people so that we can use our skills and passion to benefit humanity. We are always looking for organisations who need a bit of help from the Data4Good team and our Data4Good Community of volunteers. You can read more about some of our current projects below.
If you have a data project that could benefit from some resources, guidance, skills, etc., then we want to hear from you! Get in touch and we’ll see whether we can get you connected or provide help to take the next steps.
Tasmanian Nature Company
The Tasmanian Nature Company – Saving the Tasmanian devil is one of the world’s great wildlife conservation projects. This is a real life and death challenge, not just to save a species, but to understand the nature of a new and terrible form of cancer.
Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is a fatal, transmissible cancer, first observed in Tasmanian devils in the mid 1990s. The illness, which is characterised by the appearance of obvious facial cancers in infected devils, is one of only three known contagious cancers in the world. The disease affects the devils’ ability to hunt and eat, leading to starvation and a slow and painful death.
DFTD has decimated devil populations across Tasmania. Tasmanian devils still living in the wild on the Tasman Peninsula represent the last isolated, natural population of disease-free, wild devils in the world.
BaptistCare is a leading not-for-profit Christian care organisation that has been serving the aged and people living with disadvantage for 75 years. The respected care provider employs more than 3,500 staff, with a further 1,000 volunteers.
BaptistCare’s Community Services division – BaptistCare HopeStreet – provides care and support to thousands of people living with disadvantage and distress.
BaptistCare HopeStreet reaches out to those who feel they are on the outside and connects with people who are trying to overcome great personal trials, such as long-term unemployment, cycles of poverty and debt, limited access to food and fair finance, homelessness, social isolation, mental health and addiction issues, domestic and family violence, and relationship breakdown.
The growing number of clients and complexity of their needs means it has become increasingly challenging to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of programs at this scale.
The Data4Good team is working to create state–of–the–art business analytics tools on top of the existing BaptistCare data warehouse. This will enable them to make fact-based decisions and will give them invaluable insights into some key questions such as what changes the wellbeing of their clients, how has Covid-19 impacted them, and most importantly what are the clients lived experiences in the times of hardship.
The outcome of this project will enable BaptistCare to facilitate continuous improvement and program planning to best meet the needs of their clients, which in turn will result in improved physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
Take My Hands are an NZ-based not-for-profit who connect those in need of medical supplies with those that can provide them while taking advantage of spare shipping capacity. This ensures minimal overheads in getting the supplies to people that urgently need them – they light-heartedly sum it up as “Uber meets Tinder” for hospital equipment.
They’ve faced some challenges around asset management, maintaining velocity with automating data processes, and having ready access to up-to-date data.
The Data4Good team have been working alongside Altis Consulting to provide Project Management and Technical Consultation, delivery a POC, assisting in tool selection, migrating data from the current spreadsheet process, and delivering reports that shed light on the benefits of having an integrated CRM and Asset & Inventory system. The outcomes of this project will help Take My Hands more easily manage benefits to the thousands of individuals across 15 countries that they support as they continue to reuse and recycle medical equipment rather than adding it to landfill. Take My Hands are hoping to share the outcomes of this project with other not-for-profits, which sits beautifully with their philosophy of connecting those that have with those in need.