The resource initially uses health data to help charities assess areas of greatest need, with social sector information to be added.
The resource collects a raft of health data to help charities establish their responses in different regions and better plan support.
The initial data set includes health measures such as Covid-19 cases and deaths and the prevalence of high-risk conditions.
Social demographic information on over 65-year olds, lone parents and deprivation statistics are also included.
As the project develops other data sets will be added, including ethnicity demographics.
The Covid-19 data for charities and funders resource went live this week and covers data for England, divided into nine regions. In addition, an interactive dashboard is being planned.
“We hope charities and funders will use this data in allocating resources. It won’t tell charities where the highest risk is, but it does make some factors clearer, and allows charities to consider how they relate to each other,” said NPC Policy Manager Tom Collinge.
“Our goal is for charities to use data to allocate resources more effectively. We are concerned, for example, that areas at high risk but with less social sector support will not loudly advocate for themselves or put in funder applications as much as places with a stronger social infrastructure. Data can stop them going unseen.”
Social Sector data
Rosario Piazza, NPC Data Principal, added: “To begin, we are analysing publicly available data sets, mostly from the Office of National Statistics and Public Health England, to identify indicators of health and economic vulnerability to the current crisis and make them as accessible as possible for charities and funders.
“Next we will build in new layers of data on the capacity of the social sector, derived from charities themselves and existing data sets.
“We’ve launched this as a rough and ready version so charities can access the data right away, and there will be an interactive dashboard coming soon.”