Equity-centered data modernization/transformation

Hello! I’m looking for models/frameworks that describe what “equity-centered data systems” are and competencies/progress/pathways to move systems in that direction. In public health, I’m aware of recommendations from RWJF, but they’re still fairly high level and don’t dive into the specifics of what data modernization can/should look like when centered on equity. Thank you for any advice and insight!

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Hey @sara_chang! Are you looking for examples of how to improve equity when collecting data, developing research questions, or reporting on data etc? Or when you use terms like “data systems” and “data modernization” are you looking more for technical advice about data warehousing, data infrastructure, etc?

I just don’t want to misunderstand and point you in a useless direction! :stuck_out_tongue:

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Hey. I too would like to hear more context for this query. I might know some useful resources but would love a little more detail about what you are looking for. Are you working in a public health context?

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Hey! Yes, would love to hear more context as well – adding to what has been asked above, at what level (community, local, state) and sector are you working and/or wanting to apply a model/framework?

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Nothing to share that hasn’t been said, but I’m looking forward to seeing the resources that come from this thread! We’re working on similar questions in DC.

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Hi, everyone! Thanks so much for the questions and interest, and your patience as I waded through conferences and subsequent vacation. X-)

I’m working in a public health context mainly at the state level to support agencies wanting to move toward equity-centered data systems. I’m curious if there are frameworks/models to show what “equitable data infrastructure” means - what are the characteristics, how do you measure progress/maturity, how are communities and partners engaged? There is a lot of money in public health data modernization right now (primarily due to COVID response and recovery funds) and redesigning systems with equity in the center has been a topic of conversation in many of the circles I’m in. I’m just struggling on resources and guidance on what that means and how agencies can make progress on this! Where do they start? How can they assess what action they can take? How have others implemented this?

Thanks for any insights and suggestions. :slight_smile:

This recent work by data.org came to mind: https://data.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/ReCode-Report.pdf
I will think more on this.

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This is an amazing resource - thank you so much for sharing!

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What a spectacular resource - thank you for sharing this!

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