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We Are All Data People: An Equity-Centered Approach to Increasing Impact

The launch of a series of free learning opportunities for increasing social sector impact, capacity and connection around data.

About this event

Social sector organizations can increase their impact and advance their missions by cultivating effective, ethical, and equitable data practices. Based on St. Louis social sector input, the Data for Social Impact initiative is launching free, accessible programming to build capacity in these areas. We believe we are all data people, and we all have a role to play! Specifically, this initiative will help you and your organization: 

  • ASSESS where you are, where you are going , and why
  • CULTIVATE data-informed culture
  • COLLABORATE with community data partners
  • BUILD infrastructure
  • IMPROVE your impact
  • ENGAGE stakeholders and translate results into action

Download the slides from the event.

View and print the questions Dr. Proctor mentions will help shape the future of data science.


  • 1:00: Welcome
  • 1:10: What is Data Science for Social Impact?
    • Shanna Crumley, Director of Impact Data Science, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
    • Allie Chang Ray, Consultant at Mutare Network and DSSI Advisory Committee member
  • 1:25: Keynote
  • 1:40: Data Science for Social Impact Framework
  • 1:50: Panel Discussion—Data in the St. Louis Social Sector
    • Ana Hernández Kent, senior researcher at the Institute for Economic Equity (IEE) at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Adam Pearson, chief operating officer, Peter & Paul Community Services
    • Esther Shin, president, Urban Strategies, Inc.
  • 2:10: Data Maturity Assessment Resource
  • 2:20: Audience Q&A
  • 2:35: Closing Remarks & Breakout Discussions



Dwayne Proctor joined the Missouri Foundation for Health as president and CEO in 2021. Before that, he worked at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as senior communications and program officer, then as adviser to the president. His work at RWJF and experience working with marginalized communities is what helped shape his ideas and bold vision for achieving health equity in Missouri within the next decade. 

Speakers & Presenters

Ana Hernández Kent 
Senior Researcher
Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

David Mascarina
Digital Content Lead

 Esther Shin 
Urban Strategies, Inc. 

 Adam Cisroe Pearson 
Chief Operating Officer
Peter & Paul Community Services 

Join our next event! Start Where You Are: Mapping a Journey Toward Equitable Data Practice

Connect with social sector colleagues around actionable tools for crafting a data strategy aligned with your mission and values

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