Data Strategy

The Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy is a sector-wide collaborative initiative to build a knowledge-driven nonprofit sector. Access to timely, relevant information provides an important foundation to make evidence-based decisions. With the support of the Alberta Nonprofit Network and the Ministry of Culture and Status of Women, PolicyWise brought together over 25 data champions in 2019-2020 to collectively advance the sector’s strategic use of data. Continuing on this progress in 2020-2021, PolicyWise has begun to produce nonprofit and voluntary sector analyses, work to build sector capacity, and work towards a sector knowledge hub (download this document for further details).


Interested to receive ongoing communication about the Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy? Complete the survey to tell us what you’re interested in.

The Edmonton Community Foundation, PolicyWise, and the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women are jointly funding the Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy to continue driving the sector forward through to 2023.

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New: Community Nonprofit Analysis, Third Quarter 2022
Deflating Ballooning Community Challenges

This analysis is based on responses from community nonprofits surveyed by Statistics Canada across Canada. This analysis focuses on signs of growing stability in the community nonprofit sector, ongoing cost and employee struggles, and plans for the future.

Download the Community Nonprofits Q3 2022 Analysis 1-page summary.

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For questions about the content of this webinar, or to connect with Statistics Canada about your data questions, please contact Sarah Glover

Using Statistics Canada General Social Statistics Data – Webinar

On June 21, 2022 PolicyWise and the Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy hosted a webinar by Statistics Canada to share information on using the General Social Statistics Data. This session is the second in a learning series for Alberta nonprofits. This webinar covers:

  1. an overview of General Social Statistics program
  2. modernization initiatives
  3. Specific GSS Themes:
    1. Canadians and Work and at Home
    2. Families
    3. Giving, Volunteering and Participating

The presentation slides are available in both English and French

For questions about the data strategy and future events, contact