It exists to link third sector organisations and researchers interested in the collection, analysis and use of data on the third sector in Scotland.
Run by Dr Alasdair Rutherford at the University of Stirling and Dr Eleanor Burt at the University of St Andrews, it provides details of relevant events, training, research and data for the third sector in Scotland.
Membership is free, and third sector organisations, public sector bodies, academics and students interested in third sector data are encouraged to join.
At its simplest this means:
• Data about the Third Sector (eg., the Scottish Charity Register, MILO data, national volunteering statistics, public trust indices)
• Data about Third Sector Organisations (eg., finances, HRM data, performance data, user satisfaction data, marketing data, membership data)
• Data that Third Sector Organisations need in order to to operate effectively (eg., internal data of the sort mentioned above, external data such as population data or the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, re-offending statistics).