From the beginning of the Integration Initiative, sites were asked to specify what data sources and indicators they would use to measure impact, describe how they would institutionalize data-driven decision-making, and plan how they would integrate their data partners into their work. As the initiative has progressed, it has become clear how essential (and difficult) working with data is. As a result, in 2012, we developed a series of sessions on data to provide opportunities for us to learn from one another as well as experts in the field. We also developed this brief overview of the ways in which we have been thinking about data at Living Cities, and how data can accelerate the Integration Initiative’s systems change work.
By understanding the opportunities of using data, we believe organizations can collect and utilize information in more strategic ways in order to advance their goals.