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Bob Leitch, Sonoptic Communications – June 28; Nelson Rogers, Community Ingenuity – June 29

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Big Data for Small Places

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Bob Leitch, Sonoptic Communications – June 28; Nelson Rogers, Community Ingenuity – June 29

  1. 1. BUILDING CAPACITY FOR RURAL DATA ACCESS AND ANALYSIS Nelson Rogers & Robert Leitch OMAFRA Teeny Tiny Summits ‘Ideas to Action’ June 28th & 29th, 2017
  2. 2. THE CHALLENGE OUR STORY Municipalities & Community Organizations:  Increasing availability and complexity of data  Requirements to use data  Lack of capacity to deal effectively with data Consequences:  Missed opportunities  Challenges with evidence-based decision-making 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 2
  3. 3. A SOLUTION: BIG DATA FOR SMALL PLACES  Build data access and analysis Capacity  Mentoring, Training, Networking  Facilitate understanding of relationships among economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors  Support Evidence-Based planning and decision-making 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 3
  4. 4. KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED  What issues can be addressed with data and analytics?  How can data improve understanding of community needs?  Where and how can the most relevant data be found?  How can data be turned into useful information?  What indicators are useful in rural community development?  How can data-related findings be communicated? 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 4
  5. 5. PROGRAM DESIGN  A county (or similar) with four or five working groups  Real, practical projects (not theoretical)  Coaching on team formation and clarification of goal  20-24 hours in-class sessions, featuring guest experts  Connections to relevant organizations and networks  Follow-up consultation to transition to next steps 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 5
  6. 6. WORKING GROUP TOPICS (PILOT)  Active transportation/ cycle-friendly community  Managing demand for parks & recreation facilities  Indicators of mental health issues in rural contexts  Community attractiveness/ welcoming communities  Report card on wellbeing of children and youth 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 6
  7. 7. WORKING GROUPS 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 7
  8. 8. WORKING GROUP TOPICS (Frontenac County)  School closures  The value of trails  Rural transportation issues & options  Communal services (water/waste water)  Recurring themes: community attractiveness & wellbeing 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 8
  9. 9. PROGRAM BENEFITS  Task groups focus on current data-related challenges  Emphasis on better use of readily-available data and analysis  Group sessions delivered as close to home as possible  Networking, collaboration and knowledge transfer opportunities  Improved productivity, competitiveness and innovation  Reduced dependence on external consultants and resources 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 9
  10. 10. WHAT’S NEXT? Fall & Winter 2017-18:  Expand availability of BD4SP program  Recruit and mentor Facilitators  Develop and test BD4SP Facilitator’s Guide 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 10
  11. 11. FOR DISCUSSION  Are there issues or opportunities in your community that better data could help with?  What are the main data challenges facing your community or your organization?  Where do you usually turn for help with data access or analysis? 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 11
  12. 12. PROJECT MANAGEMENT  Project managers and research consultants:  Nelson Rogers, MSW. Ed.D. and Robert Leitch, M.Ed. (originators of the Big Data for Small Places program)  For further information contact:  Nelson Rogers  nelson@communityingenuity.ca  Robert Leitch  r.leitch@sympatico.ca 7/26/2017Big Data for Small Places 12

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