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Helen Wadham - Wikileaks shows the power of public data

Public data could provide charites with very useful information, says the senior lecturer at Staffordshire University.

In a report by the Advanced Performance Institute, a research organisation for performance management, half the public sector organisations surveyed said they collected more data now than two years ago, but only about 10 per cent of it helped them to perform better.

The big society initiative will give the third sector access to much of this data, which is key to service delivery and policy decisions