2111, 2016

Taking control of your analytics journey

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Businesses, Charities, Data Analytics, Foundations, Public sector, Social & Environmental Impact, Social Innovation, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |

by Nicolas Ponset, Chief Executive at Aleron

The quantity of data being generated each year is increasing exponentially. The opportunity to use data to transform how organisations operate, manage talent, and create value is growing at a similar rate. But, data on its own doesn’t provide executives and other decision makers with valuable insights. In fact, when a coherent approach to data collection and analysis is lacking, working with data can fast become burdensome, expensive and distracting.

For data to deliver any meaningful value for an organisation, the information must be directly relevant to their strategic objectives. Furthermore, there must be a […]

1910, 2016

How can Scottish charities overcome the challenge of declining public trust?

October 19th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Data Analytics|Tags: , , , |

by Christine Corlet-Walker, Consultant at Aleron (Scotland)

In June, Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR released its research findings from The Scottish Charity Surveys 2016. The report highlighted a decline in the public’s trust in Scottish charities in 2016. This came shortly after similar findings were uncovered through a UK wide Charity Commission report conducted by Populus, Public Trust and Confidence in Charities, 2016.

With part of the Aleron team now based in Edinburgh, we are beginning to understand this local context first hand.

The findings are stark. The Populus report showed that trust in charities has fallen by 15% in the past […]

1602, 2016

Leaders Series: Noel Gordon Non-Executive Director of NHS England

February 16th, 2016|Categories: Foundations, Health|Tags: , , , , , |

This month we interviewed Noel Gordon, Non-Executive Director of the NHS and Chair of Specialised Services Commissioning Committee, as part of our Leaders Series. After an early career focused on corporate restructuring, Noel was first exposed to social entrepreneurship at Ashoka, where he then became involved in consulting and mentoring a diverse range of social entrepreneurs.

We discussed the major transformations and innovations taking place in the NHS today, as well as how his past experiences in the private sector contributed to his work and insight in the social sector.

912, 2015

Smart segmentation: using facts, not presumptions

December 9th, 2015|Categories: Data Analytics, Strategy|Tags: , |

Following our recent insights on data visualisation and trustee engagement, this month’s newsletter picks up on one of the sector’s hottest – and probably most disputed – topics: supporter segmentation. Most organisations, from social enterprises to charities and educational institutions, rely on supporter networks: be it for funding, volunteering or promoting the organisation’s interests. While the need for supporter engagement is clear and obvious, how we should engage is less well understood and often perceived as complex. What do supporters expect? What are their interests? What impacts their loyalty to our organisation?