Community Learning through Data-Driven Discovery (CLD3)

Our vision is to bring the data revolution to communities across our states through a process called Community Learning through Data Driven Discovery (CLD3). The key innovation in CLD3 is, as its name suggests, community-based research where the community participates in asking and answering the questions that drive information gathering and provide insights relevant to program or policy decisions. The CLD3 process liberates, integrates, and makes data available to local stakeholders including government, Cooperative Extension professionals, researchers, and citizens enabling them to bring local data insights to some of their most pressing challenges.

Community Learning Through Data Driven Discovery Process

Unpacking the CLD3 Process

The CLD3 process goes beyond the traditional organizing aspects of collective action programs and helps communities build capacity for data-informed decision making.

  • Outer wheel: continuous interaction and communication across stakeholders
  • Middle wheel: data-driven learning process
  • Frontier between the outer and middle wheels: active collaboration between all partners
  • Inner circle: rigorous research framework to guide the data science

Data Science Framework

Our Data Science Framework provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and disciplined approach to problem solving that is at the heart of the Community Learning through Data Driven Discovery (CLD3) process. This includes identifying data sources, preparing them for use, and then assessing the value of these sources for the intended use(s).

Although the Data Science Framework is described in a linear fashion, it is far from a linear process as represented by the circular arrows underlying the diagram.

Data Science Framework