Research to analyse DEI Data Standard's impact on UK funding

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We are pleased to announce that the National Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Data and Insights Observatory, in partnership with The Social Investment Consultancy, has been commissioned to analyse the impact of the DEI Data Standard on the UK funding landscape.

The DEI Standard, developed by an independent working group of UK funders in October 2021, aims to provide a framework for effectively capturing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) data to address structural inequalities.

Two years after its launch, the DEI Data Standard has been used by over a dozen funders, with more in line to use it. For funders to continue making progress on DEI, understanding the funding landscape from an intersectional perspective will be key.

Together with City Bridge Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we commissioned this research to:

  1. Utilise collected DEI Data to assess the equitability of the UK funding landscape.
  2. Determine whether current funding practices positively or negatively impact equitable funding.
  3. Explore the perceptions of funders and funded organisations regarding the equitability of funding in the UK.
  4. Assess the influence of the DEI Data Standard on funder practices.

Next steps and how to get involved

The research team are keen to hear from funders and funded organisations on their experience of the DEI Data Standard and their perceptions on the equitability of funding.

Register your interest to participate, or receive updates on the research.
If you are a Funder, here's how you can get involved:
  • Share data: During July, the research team will be reaching out to funders to collect quantitative data captured under the DEI Data Standard for analysis.
  • Share insights: If you work at a funder, the team would love to conduct interviews with you to gain a deeper understanding of funding practices and inequities.
If you are a Funded organisation, here's how you can get involved:
  • Share your experience: The team will be sharing a survey to gather perceptions of funded organisations to understand the impact of implementing the DEI Data Standard.

Your participation is crucial in shaping a more inclusive and equitable funding ecosystem. Stay tuned for updates on findings and the implications for the future of funding in the UK.

For more information about the project or how to participate, please contact Dr Maranda Ridgway at or the National VCSE Data and Insights Observatory at

About the National VCSE Data and Insights Observatory

The National Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Data and Insights Observatory is situated within Nottingham Business School (NBS) at Nottingham Trent University. It was founded in 2022 to develop innovative methods to collect, uncover and unify existing and new datasets, so that a clearer, more accurate picture of the nature and value of UK VCSE can be painted for policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders.

About TSIC

The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) is a global social impact consultancy. They partner with clients to create an equitable society that puts impact first.​

The research team

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