Through our workshops we want to encourage non-profit organisations to use data and technologies in their work strategically, to experiment with data and to enhance their knowledge in using digital information and tools. Our workshops are composed of different modules which can be combined according to the needs of your organisation. We will guide you through the workshops and modules in cooperation with experienced trainers and facilitators.

Our Method: Data Pipeline

Data Pipeline

The Data Pipeline is School of Data’s approach to working with data from beginning to end. Once you understand your action cycle and the stakeholders, it will be time to work with the data and we have broken down this process in steps. Our workshops are based on this methodology, which helps you to enhance your skills in each phase. The Data Pipeline was tested by numerous experts and trainers of our international School of Data network and is updated on a regular basis.


We evaluate our activities on a regular basis, to design our workshops as effective as possible. We want to understand better how adults learn and how to depict organisational knowledge and enhance it effectively. To achieve that we use the Data-Literacy Model, which helps us and you, to enhance and refine already existing skills when working with Data. It is designed for project teams and organisations alike that want to increase their use of data or want to improve their skills in this field. The Data-Literacy Model is the result of the Master-Thesis “ „Doing Good with Data. Development of a Maturity Model for Data Literacy in Non-Governmental Organizations“ by Helena Sternkopf. It was developed in collaboration with School of Data Germany and valuable contributions made by Data-Experts.


Community Building

How to build and sustain Communities

Die digitale Welt bietet neue Vernetzungs- und Kooperationsmöglichkeiten für Stiftungen und gemeinnützige Organisationen. Projekte können dezentral gemanagt, viel inklusiver und wirkungsvoller gestaltet werden. “Community Building” ein entscheidendes Kriterium für den Erfolg vieler sozialer Projekte.

In diesem Workshop lernt ihr die wichtigsten Bestandteile und Modelle einer guten Communityarbeit kennen. Ihr lernt Communities besser zu adressiert und einzubinden sowie digitale Tools für die Kommunikation zu nutzen.


map uncharted territory in the land of data

Data Expeditions are quests to map uncharted territory, discover hidden stories and solve unsolved mysteries in the Land of Data. In a team you’ll tackle a problem, answer a question or work on a project. We help you to get started and it’s up to you to decide where you go.
At School of Data, two of our central philosophies are learn by doing and work with real data. Data Expeditions are the truest embodiment of these philosophies. We set you a challenge, group you into a team and you decide how to tackle the mountain ahead of you. You may even make some new friends along the way.

Excel/ LibreOffice-Magic

Tips on working with Excel / LibreOffice

Viele gemeinnützige Organisationen nutzen täglich Excel oder die freie Software Libre Office für die Projektplanung, Recherche und Budgetierung. Mit vielen einfachen Tipps und Tricks kann man mit den etablierten Programmen viel mehr anstellen: bspw. externe Tabellen aus Webseiten importieren, Pivot-Funktionen für einen besseren Daten-Überblick nutzen, erhobene Umfragedaten analysieren und Visualisierungen für den Projektbericht anlegen. Dabei spart man nicht nur Zeit, sondern erledigt viele kleine Aufgaben direkt im Team.

In diesem Workshop erweiterst du deine Excel/ LibreOffice -Kenntnisse um nützliche Funktionen für deine alltägliche Arbeit. Du lernst, wie man Daten in Tabellenform richtig befragt, um daraufhin kleinere Analysen und Visualisierungen zu erarbeiten.

Open Data Picnic

What is Open Data and what you can do with it?

In a well-functioning, democratic society, citizens need to know what their government is doing. To do that, they must be able freely to access government data and information and to share that information with other citizens. Transparency isn’t just about access, it is also about sharing and reuse – to understand data, it needs to be analyzed and visualized, and this requires that the material is openly accessible. In a digital age, data is a key resource for social and commercial activities. By opening up data, citizens can stay better informed and be more directly involved in decision-making. This is more than transparency: it’s about making a full “read/write’ society, in which citizens are more than just aware of what is happening in the process of governance, they are able to contribute to it.

The Introduction to Open Data aims to demystify the subject and give participants an understanding of the whats, whys and hows of the subject. The course is open to anyone who has an interest in Open Data in a professional capacity, and wants an introduction from one of the leading organisations in the field.

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