Carnegie UK Trust awarded funding to explore open data storytelling in Northern Ireland

March 3, 2020

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The Carnegie UK Trust has today announced that it has been awarded funding from the OpenDataNI Innovation and Outreach Fund to develop the story of the three areas covered by its Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project.

The OpenDataNI Innovation and Outreach Fund is a key part of delivering the Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2020-2023. The competitive fund, up to the value of £30,000, invited applications for funding to support the innovative use of data available on opendatani.gov.uk, and for advocacy, outreach and engagement activities that seek to promote the use of open data.

The Trust will use the funding to convene workshops at which representatives of different sectors and communities in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon; Derry and Strabane; and Lisburn and Castlereagh will be supported to use open data to develop the story of their place. The discussions will build on the narratives included in the respective Community Plans, which set out how local authorities and their partners will improve the wellbeing of residents as far into the future as 2030 and 2032.

Sarah Davidson, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust said:

‘The Trust is delighted to have been awarded this funding to support the three Community Planning Partnerships we are working with to engage with open data.

‘During our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project, the Community Planning network has consistently raised the challenge of changing skill sets and mind sets to reflect the importance of data and evidence.

‘We hope that by bringing the Trust’s experience of data and storytelling together for this project, we can support our three local authority areas, and their counterparts throughout Northern Ireland, to develop a story about the nature of their place now, and what it aspires to be in the future’.