An example of obtaining access to public sector information (PSI) Not-for-Profits (NfPs) is my local "Meals on Wheels" (MoW) organisation. They have to report to HACC on how culturally inclusive their services are to clients in their catchment. To meet these compulsory reporting requirements, many NfPs like “Meals on Wheels” have to source this data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – these costs are only ...more »
An example of obtaining access to public sector information (PSI) Not-for-Profits (NfPs) is my local "Meals on Wheels" (MoW) organisation. They have to report to HACC on how culturally inclusive their services are to clients in their catchment. To meet these compulsory reporting requirements, many NfPs like “Meals on Wheels” have to source this data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – these costs are only covered by diverting funds from their already limited operating budget.
The irony is that it results in NfPs like Meals on Wheels "cannibalising" their government-funded and volunteer resources. Meanwhile my local and state government agencies also subscribe (with taxpayers money) to ABS for the same data. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) contains the one of government's largest existing data warehouses for the public to subscribe to with an extensive catalogue and longitudinal trends etc. Yet the current situation appears to be generating an indirect 'double-dipping' by government agencies in supplying or accessing PSI data to NfPs.
How can we reduce costs of accessing PSI and cost of duplication (data, information, processing and distribution) through the increased re-use of information required for government reporting requirements?
Opportunity for the ABS to provide both concessional and free access to data that government agencies regularly request NfP's report against.
PROJECT OUTPUTS / DELIVERABLES
1. Develop a NfP sectoral schedule that identifies data sets that are part of a standard range of 'performance measures' that NfPs have to report to government agencies (e.g. local-state-federal levels), made available to NfPs at auspiced/concessional rates and/or free (i.e. to start off, it doesn't have to be complex PSI, even a simple publically accessible glossary that harmonises or deciphers government terms and jargon).
2. Develop metrics indicators and business intelligence analytics within a strategic information architecture framework that releases PSI in a structured and planned way, connecting the macro and micro perspective (e.g. develop 2D or 3D "thermal views" of the data level and incorporating the geospatial data that is already currently available. With these dynamic mashups, you can apply different dimensions or parameters to generate dashboards that 'cut n splice' the data to visual layers to show intensity, outliers or trends).
NB: the intention of the framework is to provide governance template to help avoid flooding NfPs with more ‘information overload and provide an ‘irrigation network’ designed to channel the flows of information to add value to NfPs and government agencies.
1. Potential cost savings from aggregated and concessional subscription could help identity and/or fund more effective uses of taxpayers' money to meet existing unmet demand for PSI (e.g. don’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’ as the framework and schedule provides templates for NfP data mining and re-use or analysis, and improves harmonisation with local/international indices).
2. Improved productivity, asset utilisation, information processing volumes from the same resource, accuracy, compliance, decision support, ability to share and distribute information (e.g. RSS feeds, reduced carbon footprint etc).
3. Service enhancement in terms of improved capacity to interpret/respond to client needs and awareness/education, improve/extend access to primary-secondary-tertiary services and delivery support.
EXAMPLES OF NFP BEST PRACTICE TO PSI
Existing NfPs who are already designing and delivering public PSI:
NfP providing public data warehouse that aims to promote the health and wellbeing of children by making information easily accessible to policy-makers, service providers, grantseekers, media, parents, and others who influence kids' lives. The site provides data, reading material, and community resources related to children with the aim of raising awareness of children's issues and inform policy and program decisions (previous 2005/06 Global Webby Award finalist nominee).
Part of the "American Human Development" NfP project for measuring human wellbeing and the human development index (HDI) modelling, an approach pioneered by the United Nations (UN) that uses data related to health, education (access to knowledge) and income (standard of living) to generate a scalable composite index.