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Data Demystified Portland

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Abromson Center

88 Bedford Street

Portland, ME 04101

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Data Demystified: Practical Ways To Use Data To Inform Your Work

Collecting and utilizing data can bring up a lot of questions, no matter where you are on your journey to being a data-informed organization. Join us for a morning of presentations, featured speakers, and a panel of local organizations for ideas, inspiration and answers to some of the most common data questions. Leave with resources and practical tools to increase your capacity to affect change by using data to tell your organization’s success story.


8:30am-9am Registration

9:00am-10:45am Why & How To Build A Culture Of Data


Featured Speakers Tell Compelling Stories With Data

Data Innovation Project Presents: Tips to being a Data-Informed Organization

10:45am-11am Break

11am-12:30pm “But how do we really do it?”: Real Life Stories of Using Data to Solve Organizational Challenges

Local Organizations Present Their Challenges & Discuss Solutions

Facilitated Discussion

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

Data Innovation Project Presentations

What are small tweaks that you can make to elevate your practice today? What does a data driven culture look like? What are the elements an organization needs to have in place? What are the challenges to creating a data driven organization?

At The Data Innovation Project’s inaugural data summit, the team will lay the framework for a day of data exploration and establish a common language for participants. We will present next steps your organization can take in its journey to creating a data driven culture and some challenges you may encounter.

Featured Speakers

What can organizations accomplish when they are data informed? How do we tell compelling stories?

Darren Fishell, Bangor Daily News and Tae Chong, Coastal Enterprises Inc will discuss how and why they use data to tell compelling stories.

Darren Fishell, Bangor Daily News

Darren, a native Southern Californian, is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News covering economics, energy and sometimes politics. He came to Maine by way of Bowdoin College and decided to stay, after graduating in 2009 with a degree in English. At Mainebiz he developed an interest in more data-driven reporting, that grew after a fellowship focused on economic data with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Washington, D.C. He lives in Portland with his girlfriend Kaitlyn, cats Smitty and Bernard and two aquatic turtles, Sancho and Not Sancho.

Tae Chong, Coastal Enterprises Inc

Tae Chong is a business advisor with CEI’s StartSmart Program. StartSmart is a nationally recognized economic development program that assists immigrants and refugees start and manage their businesses. Tae has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant and refugee populations in Maine. He has worked with this population as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and now as a business advisor. He has also held leadership positions as co-chair of the refugee advisory council for the state of Maine’s DHHS Department, as a board member of the NAACP, LULAC, and Asian American Heritage Foundation and as board member of University of Southern Maine’s Department of Social Work. Currently, Tae is serving on Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services advisory board and as a board member of the Friends of Portland Adult Ed. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.

Panel With Local Organizations

What happens when you start down the pathway of becoming a data-informed organization? How do you get staff on board? How do you work with the data you have? How do you improve your data infrastructure?

Portland-based organizations Portland Downtown and United Way of Greater Portland will each discuss one common adaptive challenge they have encountered in their journey to build a more data-informed organization. Together, in a conversation facilitated by the Data Innovation Project, we will explore solutions to and address questions about these and other common challenges.

Portland Downtown

Portland Downtown, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, is in the business of maintaining a clean and safe downtown while building and promoting a vibrant business, residential and tourism destination. As a Business Improvement District (BID), Portland Downtown manages a number of programs, events and services that bring vitality to the heart of the city.

United Way of Greater Portland

United Way of Greater Portland is where the community comes together to help children, individuals, and families in ways that create a brighter future for all. One of ten United Ways located throughout Maine, United Way of Portland strives to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. .

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