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#OneRouge Friday Community Check-In (Week 96)

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in EBR, The Walls Project has been hosting weekly video calls with leaders of nonprofits, foundations, city government, and local businesses from a

cross the parish. The intention of these weekly community check-ins is to share information and resources to help the Baton Rouge community respond and recover from the pandemic. Weekly topics range from access to basic needs such as food, medical care, and safety to thought-leaders' insights on equitable opportunities for youth enrichment, nonprofit financial solvency, surge in unemployment, and the disproportionate impact on impoverished neighborhoods in regards to accessing fresh food.


'Data and People'

Meeting Notes Prepared by Pepper Roussel (Walls Project)

Aimée Mole (LSU)

  • mapping expertise would be especially interesting for the group to learn about.

  • PHD in Human geography with emphasis on GIS= Relations between huma place and

  • environments. Use it for social justice. Saw healthcare place and policy impacted people. Ex.

  • Worked for a hospital that built a new facility w/o a new bus line. Working with LSU since 2014

  • Data bias. Mapping helps look at conditions to use resources in the most ethical manner. Can use the data to (verb) map and look at the data. This evolution makes the process accessible to all – even those

  • Maps to high risk communities for alcohol-related (conditions?), post disaster coastal communities to see where resources are needed.

  • Practical NGO application of SHREK or shift impact/success story: lot of work with DoH and

  • Corrections, and school systems. By doing evaluation work have worked with groups to see how data being used, helping, etc.

Dominique Dallas (Data Biased Code) Asst. Principal at Capital High

  • Expert at the overlap of data bias, policy and people. Intersection of education and code bias. Riddle with inequities based on racism. Opportunity for us to highlight and prioritize need for digital literacy (skills to access) data literacy (communication, collaboration, digital content, data literacy). Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting information for

  • Only 20% of workers feel comfortable in data literacy skills. 1:4 US workers feel ready to share with others. Data science, data visualization used to identify and “Foo la la that’s in the world” no longer need to compartmentalize data literacy! Prioritizing and advocating or data science and data for social good we can support ourselves, communities, and schools.

  • - LoveYourCity team New vision for economy and the world must come out of mutuality and shared understanding. Data from an equity standpoint. What is measured gets managed. Systems focused on measuring money and are oppressive – so many hoops to get access to a resource. Systems are based on power and measuring money. How do we build a new system that is built on mutuality and not oppression? “we cant’ simply lower the amounts of suffering and call it success”

  • Podcast with Brene Brown and Sean? Moving from problem solving to possibly creating. This group can do that and measure and create a world built around

  • Asset based narratives – Metromorphosis has been working on it for a decade.

Liz Shepard

“Can change our language but if don’t do the personal work of healing can miss the boat”

Platform support networks to help orgs and people define the system they want to create:

  1. Any kind of impact system must be place and person based. Top down approaches don’t work and presume folks are spectators in their own existence. Empower groups with loan experts to create scorecard to measure a purpose built economy. If we don’t talk about the human level will fail in creating new system. No new system can overturn the centuries of trauma. Have to have faith in our own systems that can build with community

  2. Build form collective impact approach in a cooperative mutually agreeing approach. Local impact directory that meets on same needs.

  3. Produce feedback loops that turn the feedback goals into action. Loops from data that give each other to remind us what we are doing and help change behavior.

UniteUs ( Jason Hughes

Platform continues to maturate and grow. Snr engagement manager Platform healthcare organizations. Network partners in coordinated care network to get connected to services. Can stay connected ad see outcomes once the referral is made.

Data tracking through Unite Us is aware of how power data is data tracking tools:

  1. Standard exports feature. Auto tracks info in and work doing in the platform. All data can be exported to spreadsheet. (data owned by client). Use the data when grant writing for numbers of clients serviced, referred out, etc.

  2. 2. UniteUs insight center. Expanded tool to see aggregate data and access to dashboards

Community organization – standardized, cleaner way of looking at . Can see what is in the network, where they are, which are sought after, reoccurring needs, acceptance rates, outcomes. Can expose gaps to show lack of resources/service availability in community. Then can close the gaps and tackle the needs

  • Allows tracking and streamline client referral – efficiency and efficacy

  • Measure impact of services

  • ID potential growth opportunities and access to resources

Health equity – take the same info and view through health. Who serving (can splice

across gender, race, ethnicity) to stop marginalized groups from slipping through the

gap because it may be beyond the Quantifiable data to see what it takes to get

connected to services, how long, why not. “Perfect example of how data isn’t always

pretty but is needed to close the gaps and lessen the barriers”

New features do replace what is currently available. Everything in the insight center is

Can get a demo by contacting Jason. Will contact Rev. Anderson (PREACH).

Continuation of conversation from last fall Lizzuto form LSU and Donald from infomatix. Data can supply smarter solutions or reinforce bad systems and deeper divides.

Cherie with CATS is willing to share data Wilson Foundation Ebony Starks – from ATL relocating soon. Great to hear about orgs sharing collectively and best practices.


Question, Rev. Anderson: “Intersectionality and interdependency are both necessary and quite frightening.” “One of my concerns is always the context that data is used. For instance collecting how many African American males have been arrested without indicating where law enforcement is targeting versus the areas that aren't targeted. Can the speakers discuss this issue?”

1. How do we make sure data is being presented as best it can, in context? Liz: measuring data is a luxury; is an equity issue. As a community can be innovative, look to data points that can be changed then work backwards to get at assumptions being made ex. AA males targeted for police arrests. As a community can all be leaders and drive what we want to see.

2. A lot of the important work is happening at the ground level, HOA, community groups, not people who specialize in writing grants. How does this information get down to the ground level? Liz: data literacy training for all to use effectively.

3. Challenge is a lot of the info you need isn’t here because of privacy , etc? Aimee: a lot of the data is hidden education, child protection. Vulnerable groups but can’t yse the data to do something important. Fan of open data Liz: can volunteer a lot of privacy data. Jason:

HIPAA laws make it difficult. But do offer aggregate data as a whole. But doesn’t dive into

great detail When a bill is submitted to the legislature there is often a fiscal note, I want to ask Liz to expand the idea of adding a "communal consequence"; note that would share its impact.

Liz: what gets measured gets managed. Id the things we want to see, those things that have value. The power of working with orgs that come together and have the data in one place and can show our collective power then can go to policy makers to make those changes,

Question, Helena: “Is there a way to track red tape barriers? We’re all so aware of the paperwork required to get any support - and the only way to change that is starting with cataloging it” Cataloging those instances so could go to policy makers and give to policy makers to say these are the steps getting in the way and raise a solution. Encourage policy makers and acknowledge the issue and void that part of the problem.  Jason: don’t catalogue to that extent. Transportation reqs are tracked, if received, and whether/why not obtained.

Liz: this is one of our #1 tasks. A lot is related to policy. Part of the work around data is showing …the forms are hard. Have to go to policy makers/institutional leaders. to make these thigs more accessible. Can ask the questions to users and aggregate that info.

Aimee: where the city (Open Data BR) did some trainings on how to use the data. Since then has become much more accessible. Requires teaching how to use/access it.

*Eric Romero at City of BR.

Manny – don’t’ lose sight of qualitative data when looking at quantitative data. Learn to understand.

All of us have the ability to decipher but have to know whether the question asked is the one being answered.

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And if it wasn’t shared early

Aimee: tell communities that it is just data but need their input to enrich it. For alcohol related crashes, go back to communities and ask what is happening. Data is nothing without context

Adonica Duggan – pairing of qualitative data around educational experiences Truth Booth

experience. Popping up an interactive booth (record with parental consent to share) where young people can tell the story of their education and give to policy makers to make . Participate in survey to share back about public education, community, neighborhoods, and preparation for lives they want. Talk a lot about students but don’t hear from the. 3/15 will part of Aspire career fair and will be at Goodwood library as well. Will pop up wherever young people are, to ensure transportation is not a barrier.

Truth Booth Locations Aspire Career Fair 3/15 8:30 a.m.

Alfredo Cruz Today's discussion lifted up the need to examine the lack of human-centeredness in our systems. Timing is just right for making an impact as Federal agencies are beginning to also shift. See this example from US Treasury as guidance for Emergency Rental Assistance Programs:.


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