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Data Science for Social Impact Roundtable Series

Data is a powerful tool that can improve services and impact, yet many social sector organizations lack the resources or capacity to leverage data effectively. These public roundtable discussions are designed to promote dialogue and solicit feedback about what organizations need to move forward in this work.

Join the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance, and for this forward-thinking and interactive conversation.

NOTEEach roundtable discussion covers a different topic; we hope you’ll attend all three. Select a ticket for each discussion you wish to attend on the registration page. You can edit your registration at any time.

Mapping Your Data Journey from Vision to Impact 10:00-11:30 am on Oct. 20, 2021 

This session will provide a space for participants to grapple with data maturity– an ongoing process of learning to use data intentionally, effectively, and equitably. How can social sector organizations advance data processes and outcomes in partnership with communities? What skills and resources are needed? Attendees will engage with big-picture questions about their current and future data goals, strategy, capacity, and practices.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Esther Shin, President, Urban Strategies Inc
  • Ginger Zielinskie, Chief Strategy Officer,

Using Data to Promote Equitable Outcomes
10:00-11:30 am on Nov. 1, 2021

 How can social sector organizations use data in ways that confront systemic inequities, promote equitable outcomes, and minimize harm? This session will examine data use in the social sector through an equity lens. Participants will think through real-world scenarios and share their own experiences in grappling with equity issues and ethical dilemmas in the process of working with data.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Rayid Ghani, Distinguished Career Professor, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Amen Ra Mashariki, Principal Scientist, AI Cities at NVIDIA
  • Allie Chang Ray, Consultant, Mutare Network

Community Centered Data Practice: Data Protection, Data Sharing, and Who Benefits?
10:00-11:30 am on Nov. 19, 2021 

This session will introduce responsible and equitable data-sharing practices for social sector organizations in St. Louis. Participants will connect around and consider community data governance – the process of establishing and maintaining how groups agree to collaborate and share data.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Paul Sorenson, Interim Director, St. Louis Regional Data Alliance

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About Data Science for Social Impact

Data Science for Social Impact (DSSI) is an initiative that builds data capacity and collaboration among St. Louis social sector organizations working to increase impact for and with the communities they serve.

This 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

Meet the advisory committee.