Bob Leitch, Sonoptic Communications – June 28; Nelson Rogers, Community Ingenuity – June 29
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR RURAL DATA ACCESS AND ANALYSIS
Nelson Rogers & Robert Leitch
OMAFRA Teeny Tiny Summits ‘Ideas to Action’ June 28th & 29th, 2017
Municipalities & Community Organizations:
Increasing availability and complexity of data
Requirements to use data
Lack of capacity to deal effectively with data
Challenges with evidence-based decision-making
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BIG DATA FOR SMALL PLACES
Build data access and analysis Capacity
Mentoring, Training, Networking
Facilitate understanding of relationships
among economic, social, cultural, and
Support Evidence-Based planning and
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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?
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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
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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
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WORKING GROUP TOPICS
The value of trails
Rural transportation issues & options
Communal services (water/waste water)
Recurring themes: community attractiveness & wellbeing
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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
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Fall & Winter 2017-18:
Expand availability of BD4SP program
Recruit and mentor Facilitators
Develop and test BD4SP Facilitator’s Guide
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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
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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:
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