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.
Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.
They partner with local organisations, including hospitals, universities and local NGOs. Their purpose is to ‘repair bodies and rebuild lives’ they do this through providing surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford or access these, and by building the capacity of local medical systems through training and mentoring programs.
Interplast is an accredited NGO with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), registered by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission and is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.
Data4Good is working with Interplast to improve the effectiveness of their programs through enabling better tracking of clinical trainees and improving the trainee experience by developing new capabilities to capture trainee profiles and progress.
Aboriginal Legal Service
Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) opened their doors in 1970 in Redfern as the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Australia and the first free legal assistance service in Australia. ALS provides legal services including representation, advice, referrals and other discrete assistance in criminal law, children’s care and protections law and family law. They also support the development of wraparound programs and undertake broader policy and law reform work.
Data4Good is working with ALS on a program to measure and report on the quality of data collected to enable targeted improvements and to enable more effective reporting and analytics.
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.
Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation has a very clear goal: they’re putting an end to avoidable blindness. When this day comes, people in developing countries will get the same quality eye care the rest of the world takes for granted – and they won’t stop until this is done. One of the organisations main driving principles is to end avoidable blindness and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 94% of vision loss for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults is preventable or treatable. This statistic shows how achievable it is to stop avoidable blindness – in most cases, most vision loss can be corrected overnight.
Data4Good is excited to be working with the foundation and assisting in the fight to transform lives both in developing countries and for Indigenous Australians. Check out their website for more information on their life-changing work.
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.
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.