Data-driven workplace for the not-for-profit sector

In order to create meaningful and sustained change, the hard-won knowledge and experience of not-for-profit organisations must be respected and harnessed.

Data science is the new currency that is powering social reform. New tools allow us to collect, distil, understand and act on data like never before, hastening the pace of change.

Our Community House will ensure the social sector can grasp the possibilities presented by these new tools, trialling and refining new methods for managing and learning from data, and disseminating the tools and lessons to the wider social sector to amplify its impact.

Dissemination of tools to the wider social sector through:

  • Regular data science meet-ups / workshops held in function spaces

  • Hackathons

  • Transfer of knowledge and lessons through Our Community and other communications channels.

Members have access to:

  • A social sector-specific data science lab (on-site team of data scientists)

  • Data science communication specialists

  • Connections with leading universities.


Visual Scroller - LGBTIQ+ funding in Australia

In partnership with LGBTIQ+ giving circle, The Channel, we conducted the first comprehensive snapshot of the flow of dollars from government, philanthropy and direct donations to Australia’s rainbow community, and presented the findings as an interactive, visual scroller.


Monthly Morning Meet

Designed for those who are already involved in data or machine learning, AI, analytics, or visualisation and have a desire to strengthen our society. Come with something to share, or simply pitch in to the chat and get to know like-minded folk.


Designed for social sector workers who are new to data science (but who may have experience with or responsibility for data), this tutorial will explain steps you can take to improve how you capture, manage and use data in your organisation and work through some practical examples.

Tutorials are priced at $48 (inc GST) per person. Attendees also receive a Day Pass, allowing them to use the coworking facilities at Our Community House before and after the tutorial session.

Getting Started With Data Science, 29 July 2019, 1 - 2pm

This tutorial is sold out. To register your interest in attending a repeat session, contact Sarah Barker

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The data lab is an initiative of the Our Community Innovation Lab, where we seed ideas to do old things better or new things first. For more information go to

This initiative is supported by Equity Trustees, with thanks to the Ella & Mitchell Brazier Fund, Charles Lamond Forrest Estate, James Raymond Hartley Charitable Trust, Charles Frederick William Taylor Estate and Truby & Florence Williams Charitable Trust.