The Social Sector Database (Base de Dados Social) was launched at the end of 2020, under the Social Equity Initiative – a partnership between “la Caixa” Foundation, BPI and Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE).
In Portugal, the social sector represents an important dimension of the Portuguese economy. However, the few available data sources provide insufficient and disconnected information, a low level of interaction and poor visualizations. In addition, having access to quality information is of extreme importance for the decision-making process of all the social sector stakeholders. Motivated by these challenges, the Nova SBE’s team, in this project represented by its Data Science Knowledge Center, has started mapping the social ecosystem, by creating a public and easily accessible platform. This platform aims to make available, in a simple, intuitive, and fair way, complete and quality information about all social and environmental impact organizations in Portugal.
The Social Sector Database has the goal of creating value for all social organizations, for the beneficiaries of these organizations and their families, for researchers, for volunteers and employees, for social investors, for government bodies, for companies, among other relevant players of the Portuguese impact ecosystem. Each of these stakeholders will be able to browse and analyze the information that best supports their decision-making, answering to different use cases:
- which organizations in my region work in my favorite area of action?
- which organizations have active job offers?
- which organizations can serve my child with her current disability?
- how are social organizations in Portugal distributed by Sustainable Development Goals?
- what are neglected social problems in my region?
- where can I offer my time voluntarily?
among many others!
Available in Portuguese and English, at the Social Sector Database you can find georeferenced social organizations, as well as their identification data (e.g., name, address, fiscal ID, contacts), their governance structure (e.g., legal format, governing bodies), their activities (e.g., area of activity, projects, target audience), their impact (e.g., number of beneficiaries, awards received), and their finance and resources information (e.g., sources of income, revenue, costs, number of employees and volunteers).
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Partners: Fundação ”la Caixa” and BPI (Social Equity Initiative).