How to Use Data Like You Give a Damn

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A conversation about equity and data

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Sometimes we’re presented with numbers and evidence that just don’t seem right. Even when the math is shown to us, the answer doesn’t align with the world we see around us. Rather than burying our heads in the sand and denying the math, or just conceding that our feelings are wrong and accepting the ‘fact’ as presented, we’re developing tools that can ask: “Is there anything that seems objective that might actually be a subjective perspective?”.

Join a presentation with Heather Krause to learn about how data can be used to advance equity. Heather is a data scientist, who over the years, has found her increasingly uncomfortable with the way data is used, taught, collected, and communicated.

Inequity and bias in data science are everywhere, and not just in the people who are being hired. It is in the data, the models, and the data viz themselves. Data science gives us the ability to achieve change at an unprecedented scale and pace. But it’s not without problems. The capital-S part of data ‘Science’ offers the impression the numbers we work with are objective; without bias. And data experts’ use of confusing jargon in place of regular, easy to understand phrasing doesn’t help.

Collecting, analyzing and communicating data are not neutral activities. The process of creating evidence is very much dependent on the world view and cultural values of the people involved - from those designing the data collection, those doing the analysis, and those being studied. Even such an apparently simple mathematical process such as taking an average is highly influenced by your point of view. Let’s talk about tools and processes we can use to help surface and correct bias, sexism, racism, colonialism, and other types of latent discrimination in the way we collect data, analyze data, and communicate about data.

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4:45 - 5:15   Registration and Network

5:15      Welcome and Introductions

5:30 - 6pm  Presentation

Heather Krause, PStat, Founder of Datassist and We All Count will talk about the data equity framework and tools her team is developing followed by lively Q&A about ethics, equity and data.

6-6:45pm  Fireside Chat

Heather will join local leaders to talk about their commitment to equity and the role of data in their organizations to drive change

About Heather Krause

Sometimes we’re presented with numbers and evidence that just don’t seem right. Even when the math is shown to us, the answer doesn’t align with the world we see around us. We’re developing tools that can ask: “Is there anything that seems objective that might actually be a subjective perspective?”.

I’ve been working as a data scientist for decades. And over the years, I’ve found myself increasingly uncomfortable with the way data is used, taught, collected, and communicated. Inequity and bias in data science are everywhere. And I don’t just mean in the people who are being hired. I mean in the data, the models, and the data viz themselves.

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Future for Us is a platform that works with individuals and companies to advance of womxn of color professionals at work through community, culture, and career development. By providing tools + support to the companies that employ women of color, Future for Us creates an enabling environment for womxn of color to thrive, and ensure continued growth, innovation and economic development.

Moving Beyond believes that impact is inextricably tied to diversity, equity and inclusion, and works to elevate the intersection of DEI with theory of change, measurement and evaluation, and strategy for organizations that aim to have positive environmental and social change. Through rigor, data, and dynamic learning systems, Moving Beyond aims to operationalize DEI practices critical to advancing impact. The Moving Beyond team works closely with organizations to shift the sector towards providing the greatest value to stakeholders.

Knack Coworking aims to redefine the coworking industry by offering more than just a pretty space. We’re on a mission to increase access to business opportunity and success for all, starting with those communities who need it most - LGBTQ+, womxn, and people of color. We combine intentional design and highly functional workspaces with business-critical services that truly enable you to get sh*t done. At Knack, we offer our members a collaborative, engaging work environment that shares resources, skills, and ideas. https://knackcoworking.com/

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