Responses to benchmarking and our approach to it

We’re gathering quite a collection of supporters and advocates of our benchmarking work and approach to it. We want to share some of the recent comments below as news of the launch of the Charity Benchmark registration process picks up momentum.

“Opening up data is all about liberating it from a single use and allowing it to be combined with other data, or interpreted in a different way. Benchmarking is a great example of this, and we’re delighted to see Open Charities’ openly licensed database of charities used in this way.”

Chris Taggart, Co-founder & CEO of @OpenCorporates: The Open Database Of The Corporate World. Also founder of @OpenlyLocal


Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “The arts touch just about every area of society in Northern Ireland and support many of our government’s priorities, from arts-based community regeneration programmes to providing the life blood to the creative industries. The true impact of the arts to the economy, job creation and inward investment is not, however, matched by government investment. We welcome MyCake’s valuable contribution to the body of evidence-based research that is helping to strengthen recognition of the true value of the arts.”


“I heartily recommend benchmarking, and the MyCake approach to it. Not just from the business planning perspective, but from the empowerment that the knowledge gets you! Having been lectured by Arts Council England about how rubbish you are at raising other income, against their averages, to understand that those averages are across all organisations, and to then know how peer organisations stack up, is liberating. We’re a tiny organisation, but it’s changed how we think, and act.”

Gary Thomas (commenting over on the recent article Sarah wrote for Guardian Culture Professionals Network: Benchmarking: how to put the arts sector’s data to work for you)

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