Walking through the Data: An Interactive Method for Enhancing Data Utilization among Youth Development Practitioners
Session Number: 2264
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Other (Experiential Learning)
Tags: Data Sharing, data use, Data Visualization, learning from evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kelley Ditzel [Director,Quality Improvement - Boys & Girls Clubs of America]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Krista Collins [Director, Strategy and Innovation - Boys and Girls Clubs of America]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Omar Guessous [National Director of Evaluation & Insights - Boys & Girls Clubs of America]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (06:15 PM - 07:15 PM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8211
Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
As organizations deepen their expectations for performance and outcome data, there is a growing need to improve data literacy among individuals to enhance organizational capacity for impact. Among afterschool providers, this demand is especially challenging as youth development professionals are often overworked and underpaid part-time employees responsible for transforming the lives of young people living in the most underserved communities. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has had success in increasing data understanding and use among professionals by training staff through a Data Walk, where participants walk through data and draw insights, illustrating a practical way to help stakeholders learn from information gathered and apply it for program and organizational improvement. This experiential learning session will demonstrate the data walk technique, engaging participants to interpret and plan with data, while simultaneously modeling high-quality youth development practices that will drive outcomes for young people.
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