WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

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Our speakers series, Data Innovations, supports our vision of helping Maine nonprofits think differently about data. Twice a year, Data Innovations feature inspirational speakers from Boston and beyond to highlight innovative ideas and practices that can be implemented right here in Maine.

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The Urban Commons

How Data and Technology can Rebuild our Communities

FREE | October 3, 2019 | 6:30pm | Glickman Library Events Room

 

A free talk with Dan O’Brien. Many have heralded the arrival of “smart cities,” but wherein lies their promise? This talk will explore this question through the example of Boston’s 311 system, which enables constituents to report issues in public spaces, like potholes, graffiti, and litter. Dan will highlight how modern digital data can advance both policy and scholarship on cities, and discuss the ways in which universities and city governments can best partner to realize this opportunity.

 

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From Data to Impact

Building a Civic Data Ecosystem

$40 | October 4, 2019 | 9:30am-12:30pm | Glickman Library Events Room

 

A Workshop with Dan O’Brien. Join us to explore how people, organizations and local governments can use data and technology to create better communities. This interactive workshop will introduce attendees to the ideas of civic data and how municipal information can help solve local issues. Participants will work together to map out the stakeholders, institutions, topics, projects, mechanisms and catalysts that are in place and needed to support a thriving data ecosystem – both in their own sphere of influence as well as the larger community of Greater Portland and Southern Maine. $40 per person.

 

 

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DAN O'BRIEN, PhD

Associate Professor at Northeastern University and Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative 

Dr. Daniel T. O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. His primary expertise is in the use of modern digital data sets to better understand urban processes, particularly the social and behavioral dynamics of neighborhoods. He is Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, in which capacity he has worked extensively to build effective models of research-policy collaboration that help us to better understand and serve cities. His book The Urban Commons (2018; Harvard University Press) captures the intersection of his scholarly and institutional efforts, using the study of custodianship for neighborhood spaces and infrastructure through Boston’s 311 system to illustrate the potential of cross-sector collaborations in urban informatics.

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Past Events and Speakers 

 

 

We have a series of skills-based workshops that focus on technical solutions to building a strong data foundation. Please email Becky (rebecca.wurwarg@maine.edu) for more information on coordinating a private or custom session for your organization.

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Develop Surveys to Get the Data You Want

In the age of over-surveying, it is critical to deploy surveys that are useful and targeted. Join us to learn how to design a survey that will get you the information you need. We will discuss how to establish a survey objective and sampling strategy, develop a survey collection plan, improve your response rate, and write and format effective survey questions. Call for pricing.

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Develop Surveys to Get the Data You Want

In the age of over-surveying, it is critical to deploy surveys that are useful and targeted. Join us to learn how to design a survey that will get you the information you need. We will discuss how to establish a survey objective and sampling strategy, develop a survey collection plan, improve your response rate, and write and format effective survey questions. Call for pricing.

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Set The Foundation to be a Data-Informed Organization

If you are serious about being a data-informed organization, you need to have a clearly articulated theory of change.  We will go over the “why’s” and “what-for’s” and help you get started creating or refining your own. Call for pricing.

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Tell Compelling Stories With Your Data

Everyone has data, but it can be challenging to figure out how to use it in creative ways to show and tell stories of your success. This workshop will explore the basics of data storytelling and give you practice tips for data visualization. Call for pricing.

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Make Data Work for You: Data Dashboards

Data dashboards can be a powerful tool to keep your organization data-informed and you don’t need fancy software to make one! In this workshop we will walk through the process of designing simple dashboards that can help organizations visualize program data, indicators, and other metrics. Call for pricing.

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How to Develop Simple, Effective Data Collection Tools

Conducting your own program research can return robust information that directly informs and improves your program’s impact. Given the limited resources available to many nonprofits, it is critical to make your research efforts count. In this workshop you will learn how to design simple and effective interviews, focus groups, and surveys that get you the information you need. Call for pricing.

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Track Your Impact: A Performance Measurement Workshop

How do you know if your organization is having its intended impact? How do you collect data to track your outcomes? What data do you already have and what do you need to collect? And, now that you have data, WHAT do you do with it? In this workshop we clarify and define the core components of a performance measurement plan. This hands-on session will guide you through the purpose and processes of developing a performance measurement approach.  Call for pricing.