The census is now closed. It will re-open in October 2016.

Before you start…

Funders should read this page instead
    • It is a long form, but not all parts will apply to you
    • Our help page has answers to real questions submitters are asking
    • Scan through the form below before starting – you can’t save your work and come back
    • An individual could ultimately be identified from a group’s postcode where that postcode is a personal address. If your group address is the same as a home address feel free to ‘tweak’ the postcode (but please ensure it is still a valid postcode)
    • Data protection
      • We may only be able to include your group in our open data (and our tool) if:
        • You take part in this census, or
        • You were previously in our “public online directory of groups” already
      • The only contact details we ask for are email (not shared with anyone) and postcode which is shared
    • We want to share the best information about you that we can with funders
    • We regret that we are unable to personally acknowledge every submission on this form (you’ll get an on-screen acknowledgement upon submission)

If you’re not sure whether you were in our public online directory before, or you know that you weren’t in our directory we may not be able to include your group in the open data unless you complete this form for the reasons stated. We hope you’ll want your group included in the open data as it may be in your own interests. (Please note that OCVA members were not included in the public directory by default; inclusion was an opt in service.)

The census is running until 30 November, 2015 (and possibly on until December).

In early 2016 we will publish the results on this website in our “open data” and our hope is that our new ‘tool’ connecting your information with funder information will also launch during 2016.

When you get to ‘Activities Description’…

Tell the world in clear and simple English what it is that you do, and how you do it. Don’t just copy your charity commission blurb, and don’t just copy and paste from your website if your website needs updating.

Then tell the world what you need now. To help, here are some questions to ask yourself. These are prompts – you don’t need to answer them all, and you may want to answer questions we haven’t listed:

  1. What issues do you face right now with your clients?
    1. Are they falling through gaps with provision?
    2. Why are those gaps happening?
    3. Are you noticing that needs have become more complex recently?
      1. In what way?
      2. Have you seen a rise in ‘moving-on support’ you give your clients?
      3. Can you sustain it?
      4. Why has this work now fallen to you?
  2. What issues do you face right now with your delivery?
    1. Do you need volunteers? Do you need Trustees? Do you need a building? More skills on your team? Which skills?
    2. Is keeping operations legally compliant too hard?
    3. What IT issues do you have?
    4. Governance issues?
  3. What issues do you face right now with funding?
    1. You’re bound to need funding, but what for?
    2. Can you make your organisation sustainable with more funding? How?
    3. Does commissioning feel out of reach? Why?
    4. Are you facing barriers to funding? What are they?

No matter how big or small your group, if you cover Oxfordshire we want to hear from you.

The data you submit will be shared freely and openly – for example with 360Giving, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, as a download from this site (soon), and in the ‘data for good’ tool we are building.We are especially interested to hear from voluntary, community, social enterprise and other groups that are not registered as charities because charity commission data is now available in an open format. That said, our data on groups is more thorough than the charity commission data set and so even if you are a registered charity you may still want to participate to ensure that your best profile is mapped.

*3,172+ active groups are already known to OCVA and 1,172 of these active groups have already consented to our sharing of their details in what was our ‘online public directory of groups’. These 1,172 will be included in the open data automatically. A map point for the group’s contact address will be shared (as was the case in the directory), but no other contact or personal details are shared.