Introduce Yourself!

Hi Data Friends!
I’m Re, in Colorado, working in Violence Prevention for the state dept. of public health. [yes, ANOTHER datanerd in Colorado!] I’m always up for non-data discussions around cooking, music-snobbery, and bunnies as housepets. (@PDiggyThunderbunnz on FB or TikTok)
Bring it on! :slight_smile:

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Oi Bruno! Thanks for the warm welcome!

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Hi Everyone!
I am Marcelle and glad to be here.
I am the research manager at a K12 district in Ontario, Canada. I am interested in collecting and using equity data for impact to identify and address systemic inequities for students.

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@rvacalubischer Rachel! I look forward to seeing some of your data viz work! Please feel free to share them in a new thread in the Show and Tell section if you feel like it.

@game_sketcher Always so excited to collaborate with folks in Canada. :maple_leaf:

@sarahm Welcome Sarah! :person_raising_hand: I’m excited to see you here!

@sarahferrency from Alaska! Really looking forward to the conversation and sharing examples about indigenizing program evaluation. Cannot overstate how important this is!

Welcome @sowens! We have quite an active group of people working on housing issues, we’ll be sure to highlight some of those conversations. Excited to hear updates about the work in Austin.

Hey @colin.hill! Ah yes, the ongoing tension between collecting data to align with what our community wants and what external constraints.

@MzRe The Colorado party :partying_face: gets bigger! Yay!

Hi @marcelle . There is so much going on right now around data equity and K12 ed in Ontario. It’s so valuable to have you here.

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  • Ben Davidson
  • Washington, DC USA
  • Arts & Culture Sector
  • Americans for the Arts
  • I manage a recurring national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts sector that includes two separate surveys: a survey of nonprofit arts and culture organizations (last time we collected surveys from 14,439 organizations) as well as an audience-intercept survey of attendees to cultural events (last time we collected surveys from 212,691 attendees).
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Hello to this community! Heather, we have not met, but thank you for your work!

My name is Eva Ringstrom (she/her), and my company is called Raindrop Workshop, LLC. I’m based in Portland, Oregon. I am a program evaluation and strategy consultant, primarily in food systems and public health spaces. Having spent a large part of my career building and leading the internal evaluation team at a nationwide nonprofit organization, I consider myself to be a “critical friend” to my clients and partners, including around equitable evaluation and data equity.

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Hello, I’m Kyle (she/her) and I work in philanthropy/fundraising for a nonprofit healthcare organization in Boston, MA. I am not a data scientist but perhaps wish I was, as I find the content discussed here to be fascinating.

My organization is very well resourced and we use a number of data models created internally and externally (i.e. WealthEngine, DonorScape) to prioritize donors for personal outreach. In my role, I work with donors but also manage the process by which we use these models in combination with other indicators to identify the ‘top’ prospects to contact one-to-one. I have a hunch that we are missing out on some wonderful donors who would love to hear more from us simply because these models may have bias baked into them. We also have goals to diversity our donor base, and our current models (which in some cases are quite literally built to identify more of the same people who are already giving at high levels) are certainly not going to help with that! I’d love to connect with anyone else in the Philanthropy/Advancement world who may be grappling with the ethical and appropriate integration of demographic data into their work.

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Hi Heather, this sounds pretty exciting. I’m in Atlanta and work in healthcare insurance. Data is my passion and I’m always interested in ways I can use my background and experience to promote justice and equity so data equity is right up my alley!

I’ve been cleaning, transforming, and reporting on data for a long time and I’m moving into the realm of data governance and data management and look forward to working with some like-minded people.

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Chris Thorn
St Joseph, MN but my team is mostly in the Bay Area and Philadelphia
School Improvement in schools serving students furthest from success
Partners in School Innovation
Been working on data equity since the late 1990s. Created a tool back then to look at who had voice in determining what data was collected and used at the family/student/classroom, etc levels as a diagnostic about how small d democratic the system of learning and accountability was.

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Hello! I’m so glad to be joining this Forum! Thank you, Heather, for setting this up.
My name is Minal Bopaiah, and I am the founder of Brevity & Wit and the author of Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives. I live and work out of Silver Spring, MD, right outside of DC. Brevity & Wit is a strategy + design firm dedicated to designing a more equitable world. We do that through full-service graphic design, change communications, and organization design, all with an IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility) lens. I’m really interested in honing my understanding of data equity so that I can advise my clients appropriately and recommend the right firms and people. As the author of a book called Equity, I get a lot of questions about pay equity (even though that’s not the thrust of the book), and I’d love to have better answers.

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Hello! My name is Julie Neisler and I live in Alexandria, VA. I’m a Quantitative Researcher for the education non-profit, Digital Promise. I spent a lot of time in the postsecondary space thinking about how to use data that is already being collected to identify inequities in student supports and experiences in order to remove barriers to success. I have loved and learned from We All Count, so I’ve very pleased to engage more directly with others committed to this work!

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Hi! I’m Sarah Young in Catonsville, MD. I work in higher ed. at Community College of Baltimore County.

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Hi @colin.hill ! Good to see you!!! Glad to be in such good company here :smile:

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Welcome Sarah @ofteducational! I’m just down the road from you (though I did live in Silver Spring for a year!) . Thrilled to see fellow higher ed people! :smiley:

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Hey everyone!
@Heather so glad to be in community with you again! I’m Meredith, I’m in Queens, I’m a critical race theory researcher and antiracist HR specialist (I know, a mouthful) at Reitman Research and Strategy (reitmanresearch.com). I’m also a lover of cats and teen dramas. Always on the lookout for fellow passionate nerds.

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Yea. @JNeisler I’m sure there are more higher ed people to come. I also do contract work (I’m a What Works Clearinghouse certified reviewer) for a company in Bethesda so I’ve visited your area as well. :wave:

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Greetings from Charm City, Baltimore! My name is Madeleine (they/them), and I’m a greenhorn in the evaluation field after doing After School education as my first career for 8 years. Now I am a project manager and research assistant at HG&Co with Kate Haley-Goldman, where we focus on museums and other cultural, arts, and science organizations.

I got into this field because I love data and design, love having a mix of solo computer time and social time while working. I live for traveling, and have gotten to visit the La Brea Tar Pits in LA, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and a tiny historical museum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for work. I’m here because I believe that the future of museums is in radically examining and upending the legacy of being for and about privileged folks, and I learn best by chatting and processing in community :slight_smile:

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Hi Debbie and Bruno,
I too am working in CO. Are you all part of COEN (CO Evaluators Network)? I haven’t attended anything in ages, it seems, but it has historically been a very active, useful group.

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Hi everyone,
So glad to see you all. I’m Wendy DuBow (she/they), and I work as director of evaluation for a nonprofit organization focused on increasing diversity in the tech sector. The organization is based at the University of Colorado-Boulder (on land taken from the Ute, Arapaho, and Hinóno’éí people). I’ve been thinking about and trying to enact equitable data collection, analysis, and reporting since the mid-1990s. It’s both sad and great that the same conversations are happening now that I was involved in when I first entered the field. Thrilled to be part of a group focused on this, and eager to learn from all of you!

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Hi all,
I’m Jessica Davison (she/her). :wave:
Location is Houston, Texas
Sector is Nonprofit
Work for United Way of Greater Houston as Director of Learning, Analytics and Compliance
The workshop was incredibly impactful to our work. We’ve been incorporating data equity framework specifically for data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication.

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