Data Insights and Evaluation – The Arts Council

The Arts Council commissioned Compass informatics to undertake a review of internal processes to enable the measuring of investment and identify of trends through data insights.

The Compass team developed a technical solution to enable the Arts Council to collect data from selected funded organisations to enhance their understanding around audiences.

The project team evaluated the data sources and designed programmes or work to define a suite of reports and stream data acquisition.

About The Arts Council

The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.

The Council recognises that the arts have a central and distinctive contribution to make to our evolving society.

Established in 1951, to stimulate public interest in and promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts.

Project Requirements

Data Insights

Compass was engaged by the Arts Council project advisory group to design a data management lifecycle that is appropriate to the needs of the Arts Council and stakeholders.

The solution will ensure compliance with national data protection standards such as GDPR and international information security standards.

The main objective for the Arts Council was to develop their internal processes, and work with others to measure the effects of their investment, so as to understand the outcomes and impacts across a range of criteria.

In addition to this, a primary objective is to provide benefits to funded Arts Organisations through the provision of data and reports that can support funding applications and lead to greater audience opportunities.

Compass’ Solution – Data Insights Application

The solution provided is a multi-tenanted application, hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that enables each contributing organisation to submit and view their own data securely and confidentially.

The Arts Council also has their own unique view of the data and specific reporting functionality that supports national-level reporting. 

The data is stored in an Azure SQL database.

The data will be encrypted at rest and when in transit, with all communications over TLS.

The solution utilises the benefits of MS Azure such as;

  • Web Jobs
  • Queues
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Table Storage
  • Geo-Replication
  • Auditing
  • Threat detection

Application Insights and Monitoring are also employed to ensure that a robust, reliable, secure, performant, cost-effective and flexible solution is delivered.

Solution Snapshot

About Compass

Compass Informatics is an Irish company providing location technologies and data analytics solutions which enable government and commercial organisations to deliver more efficient operations, protect their assets and meet regulatory requirements.   

Compass Informatics’ services include GIS & Data Analytics, IT Systems Development and Location Technologies and the company has won awards for their innovative solutions and focus on sustainability.

Compass leverages the latest technologies to achieve full-service project delivery including; Big Data Analytics, AI, Cloud, Mobile, GIS and Satellite-based Earth Observation amongst others. 

Compass Informatics  are part of Tracsis Plc.

LinkedIn | Website

To learn more about this project, and how the solution provided may benefit your organisation, please contact our government solutions team at