Editor Comments: “If you are looking to offer community data training events, this article gathers many resources like training materials and lessons that are made to be re-purposed. When I was organizing some introductory lessons for student groups in my library I found some particularly useful materials in the catalog of training materials. These materials helped me hit the ground running and made me feel confident that I was drawing upon road-tested, best practices.” – Ryer Banta
How’s this for a napkin equation? For every ten articles pronouncing data “the new oil,” we have one example of data science being used for the public good.
Among those expanding community organizations’ ability to do that work are, of course, well-known groups like DataKind and the Sunlight Foundation. One you might be less familiar with is the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a collaboration of the Urban Institute and local partners in 32 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision-making.
What does any of this mean for you, dear Civicist reader? Plenty, because NNIP and partners developed a bevy of data training resources along the way. Please help yourself to…