Inside out, Outside in – a comment from Alan Freeman

Sound policies are based on sound evidence, and nowhere is its definition, procurement and interpretation more complex than in the field of Culture, where the benefits of a good decision are outweighed only by the risks of making a bad one. Sarah Thelwall’s ‘Inside-out’ methodology aims to unpack the ways in which financial data is aggregated, Read the full article…

How do you look at your data – Inside out, or outside in?

Data that makes you go hmmm? Here at MyCake we spend our days developing tools and services to help non-profit organisations make data and evidence informed decisions. In particular we specialise in making financial data (both yours and others) easier  to bring into conversations about: Future strategy Your business model Opportunities for growth and development What your risks Read the full article…

Community Businesses and the Poverty Trap

We are familiar with idea of the working poor as individuals and being stuck in a poverty trap of poor education and reduced opportunities. We are also familiar with the idea that the lives of families in the working poor are fragile houses of cards and if, for example, one carefully constructed set of child Read the full article…

Where are you with managing your money? Our survey says…

Back in the autumn we circulated a small survey to a number of community businesses to find out how they managed their money – in some cases, literally.   Our results are quite interesting from the small data cohort we used: Managing and keeping track of money is one of those things that we all MEAN Read the full article…

Are Yorkshire’s Arts Funding models fit for the future?

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In this this datacast Sarah Thelwall and Anamaria Wills, CEO of CidaCo the specialist training and consultancy company working in the cultural sector and beyond, discuss arts data from the region of Yorkshire and Humber (we were sitting in Leeds when we recorded this). This is using the ACE NPO data dashboard tool designed by Read the full article…

Cultural Trends Journal: read Sarah’s article from the latest edition

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Sarah Thelwall the MyCake founder has written a detailed article in the current issue of the Cultural Trends Journal. The article is: Benchmarking non-profit arts organisation business models: what it reveals about innovation in the face of austerity   The article is essential reading to anyone in the arts sector interested in how arts organisations Read the full article…

MyCake’s ACE NPO 2011-12 Data Dashboard: Leo Sharrock of The Audience Agency

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Leo Sharrock, Head of Data Strategy, at The Audience Agency focuses on helping arts organisations gain insight from their audience data. We invited Leo to take a look at the ACE NPO data dashboard tool designed by MyCake, to allow quick and easy analysis of the 2011-2012 Arts Council England data compiled by National Portfolio Read the full article…

MyCake Datacast: Turnover vs Arts grant dependency

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Presented by Sarah Thelwall, this video datacast takes the approach we pioneered with the Culture Benchmark and uses it to analyse the Arts Council England 2011-12 annual dataset. The video runs for about 10 minutes The blog post below looks at five things we think are interesting as a means to starting a conversation about Read the full article…

Data As Culture

Lighthouse presents a selection of the works and events featured as part of exhibitions at the Open Data Institute in London and FutureEverything Festival in Manchester. The Data as Culture programme explores the wider implications of the culture of open data on culture itself, challenging our understanding of what data is, and how it affects Read the full article…

DATA CRUNCHERS: MyCake and DONATE are collaborating on cultural data development

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MyCake’s Culture Benchmark, specialising in business data in the arts, is launching a collaboration with digital giving experts the National Funding Scheme (registered charity no. 1149800) and their DONATE platform, to combine the resources of both organisations, in order to better understand and utilise cultural data. Both organisations have a shared objective of improving data Read the full article…