Events Data for Social Impact

Data-Informed, Equity-Driven: Cultivating a Collaborative Data Culture

Thanks for joining us for the event on May 4, 2022! Below are resources and the recording to learn more about cultivating a data culture that centers on collaboration and equity.

About this event

For social sector organizations, a crucial step toward improving impact is cultivating a collaborative data culture through collective vision and goals. Building strong communication across an organization – executive leadership, frontline staff, community stakeholders, and beyond – supports the shared creation and implementation of a sustainable data strategy. At this event, participants identified tools and strategies to cultivate a culture of data-informed decision-making grounded in collaboration and focused on equitable outcomes.

Presenters provided insights on:

  • Communicating effectively about data across roles
  • Building capacity to engage with community partners around data
  • Centering equity in your organization’s data culture and practice
  • Identifying organizational priorities for future growth in these areas
  • Tools and resources to help you along the way

Watch the recording to hear insights from national and local leaders, connect with social sector colleagues, and grapple together with big-picture questions about how to build an organizational culture that is data-informed and equity-driven.

Event slides.


These resources were suggested by the presenters and/ or event organizers. 

  • Data for equity protocol 
    HTH Graduate School of Education 
    This resource is designed to engage a group of people in dialogue about data, with a focus on equity. Specifically, it is used to identify equity gaps, reflect on the conditions that create and perpetuate those gaps, and identify concrete steps for addressing them. The resource can be tailored to fit the specific needs and contact of the organization(s) running the exercise.  
  • Looking at data together protocol 
    Institute for School Partnership
    This template is adapted from the Graduate School of Education protocols noted above, and is used and tailored as needed to fit the needs of each specific data conversation.
  • Data party overview and resources 
    Better Evaluation
    This page provides a basic overview of what a data party is, along with some resources and tips on how to use them.
  • Why am I always being researched? 
    Chicago Beyond
    This resource is designed to engage researchers, community organizations, and funder in thinking about and reckoning with unintended bias in research.


Amen Ra Mashariki
Fellow, Data and Social Justice
Bezoz Earth Fund

Sena Dawes
Research Analyst
Feeding America

Sherita Love
Founder & Executive Director
Education Equity Center of St. Louis

Maia Elkana
Evaluation Director
Institute for School Partnerships at WashU

The Data for Social Impact initiative is a partnership between the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, in collaboration with an advisory committee, the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance, and