Open Data for Race Equality?

Open Data for Race Equality?

One-Day Seminar and Capacity Building Event


  • Date: 27 November 2012
  • Time: 10AM – 4PM
  • Location: Middlesex University Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

The event is free to attend, with lunch provided.

Runnymede Trust and Middlesex University (Social Policy Research Centre) worked in partnership to organize a one-day seminar and capacity building event on the government’s ‘Open Data’ agenda and its impact on race equality in the UK. The event discussed changes in how public data is funded, collected and made accessible to the general public. It also looked at how the community sector can use data for advocacy and to hold local and national government to account.

What is the Open Data agenda and how does it relate to race equality?

The economic recession has increased the levels of inequality throughout the UK. The effects of the Spending Review, together with far-reaching policy changes to welfare and public service provision are expected to radically modify the ways in which the needs of different members of British society are identified and addressed.

The government’s ‘Open Data’ agenda – presented in a White Paper in June 2012 – aims to improve government transparency and accountability to help reform public services, foster innovation and empower citizens.   Although this is not one of the agenda’s declared aims, its full implementation could facilitate monitoring ‘real world’ changes and advocating for racial equality on the basis of ‘hard data’. More than ever before, detailed evidence is needed by community organizations in order to influence policy makers, secure funding and become involved in service delivery. The compliance to the Equality Act – both by the public and community sector – also requires an ability to access, understand and effectively use data.


  • 10.00 – 10.20    Coffee and Registration
  • 10.20 – 10.30      Welcome and Introduction– Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University School of Law, Dean and  Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust
  • 10.30 – 11.30       Chair: Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University

    • Q&A
  • 11.30 – 12.30     Chair: Kam Gill, Runnymede Trust


    • Q&A
  • 12.30 – 13.30     Networking lunch
  • 13.30 – 14.30     Chair: Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University



  • 13.30 – 14.30     Workshops: the data your community needs
  • 15.15 – 15.30     Coffee break
  • 15.30 – 15.45     Voting for the data you need
  • 15.45 – 16.15     Final discussion and distribution of “Open Data and Race Equality” resource pack

A ‘Think Piece’ produced specifically for this event can be downloaded here.

This event was organised by Alessio D’Angelo from Middlesex University (Social Policy Research Centre) and Kamaljeet Gill, Omar Khan and Brandy Jensen from Runnymede Trust. It was co-funded by the Third Sector Research Centre CBC (Capacity Building Cluster).

For further information, please email:
or call Runnymede Trust at 020 7377 9222  and request to speak with Omar or Kam.