The first work package will concentrate on reviewing and preparing a range of data on Scotland’s civil society held by SCVO in order to create a dataset for wider research use.
In particular, much of the local data about CSOs, services, and volunteers is brought together in Milo, an online database, knowledge management and reporting platform managed by SCVO. Milo currently contains around 40,000 unique organisational records, covering a range of data from basic CSO profile information to volunteering opportunities and financial information. This dataset is collected primarily for management purposes, and it requires significant preparation, cleaning / sanitisation and quality-checking to ready it for research use. Robust geographical and sectoral aggregates would be produced to facilitate linking of aggregate data in a consistent way.