Community engagement through data - Jon Whittle

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Presentation given at the HEA Social Sciences learning and teaching summit 'Exploring the implications of ‘the era of big data’ for learning and teaching'.

A blog post outlining the issues discussed at the summit is available via: http://bit.ly/1lCBUIB

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Community engagement through data - Jon Whittle

  1. 1. Community Engagement Through Data @catalystproj www.catalystproject.org.uk Prof. Jon Whittle, Lancaster University, UK #catalystas
  2. 2. Data = money
  3. 3. The “TV Genome”
  4. 4. Smart streets
  5. 5. Biometric data
  6. 6. Data = money
  7. 7. Data = Social Change?
  8. 8. Catalyst • Research on data for social change – Framework of projects • Sprints (big) • Launchpads (modest) – Community-University partnerships – University-wide
  9. 9. Access ASD
  10. 10. heartlink
  11. 11. Methods/approaches • Across Catalyst • Within sprints • Sustainability • PROTEE
  12. 12. Across Catalyst • Ideas Labs • Serendipity Cafes • Pop-up events
  13. 13. Within sprints: speedplay
  14. 14. Sustainability at its core • #patchworks – £350K successful Lottery Fund grant • Barter – £250K EPSRC follow-on project • Access ASD – £300K EPSRC follow-on project
  15. 15. PROTEE: Insights & Innovation • Project dialogues • Learn from failure and success • Insights: – innovation – management – interdisciplinarity
  16. 16. Lots of Catalyst successes • 12 community-university projects • Network of 90 third sector organisations • 23 public events • 15 publications • 13 videos on YouTube • 13 invited presentations • £900K follow-on funding • 1000s of conversations
  17. 17. Engaging Students • SCC322 Software Innovation – 14 Computer Science students – 14 Design students • Aims: – To teach students the realities of ‘data for social change’ – Through group projects with real stakeholders – Alongside necessary theory
  18. 18. Topics covered • Action research • Participatory Design • Agile, Iterative Prototyping • Human-Computer Interaction • Stakeholder engagement
  19. 19. Reflections • ‘Just do it’ mentality – Hard to overcome – But they ‘got it’ in the end • Naivety about what data can do – Benefits of visualization – Intrinsic vs extrinsic benefits & gamification • Cross-disciplinary methods – Took students far out of their comfort zone
  20. 20. Contact: j.n.whittle@lancaster.ac.uk

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