Written by Kathryn Torney, Deputy Editor, The Detail
The launch of Detail Data feels like a very natural next step for The Detail.
Our journalists have been building up expertise in data journalism for almost three years and have reported on key social issues including suicide deaths in Northern Ireland, domestic abuse, ambulance response times, welfare reform, dementia diagnosis, youth crime and educational achievement.
This new project supported by the Big Lottery Fund will allow us to link even more closely with local community and voluntary groups to turn data into a powerful resource for social change.
The main aim is to improve the lives of those most in need and comes at an opportune time with the government committed to releasing more data than ever before.
The three year Detail Data project is a partnership between our online investigative news website and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), the membership and representative umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector here.
Journalists will team up with NICVA’s 1,100 member groups and the wider VCS to examine data and tell important stories of people in Northern Ireland, their families and communities. We will also empower the groups with the skills to access data themselves and make practical use of it.
Detail Data will publish 30 major data-driven journalism projects online over three years. These will include written articles, video packages, interactive graphics and maps.
The groups will work with journalists to identify topic areas to analyse. These are likely to include health inequalities, educational disadvantage, criminal justice (including youth justice) and deprivation.
NICVA will also train members of voluntary and community groups to work with information and to use it in their campaigning and service planning. They will also develop and manage a data store for Northern Ireland, with a help desk to support the groups in using data as well as responding to requests for additional data.
The Detail Data project will shine a light on important social issues by examining detailed datasets. We will share our findings with the community and voluntary groups and the wider public through creative and innovative storytelling with strong, committed journalism at its heart.
We can’t wait to get started.
Watch a short animation explaining the Detail Data project here.
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