Belmana took part in a free training course covering the use of administrative data in the Third Sector, organised by the University of Southamptom/Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E). The course included speakers from Belmana, Middlesex University, Southampton University/ADRC-E, New Philanthropy Capital and considered how administrative data can be of use to researchers with an interest in the third sector, charities and social enterprises.
It introduced key issues of administrative data, the concept of safe use and the different ways to access data. It explored a number of examples of how third sector researchers and third sector organisations have used administrative data, including impact evaluation. It ended by looking to the future and identifying ways to improve access to administrative data and how to design research studies using administrative data.
The one day training took place on 22nd June 2015 at the Farr Institute in London and was attended by a diverse range of researchers in academic institutions, third sector organisations, public sector bodies and private businesses.