Community Catalyst Training Series

Our training resources are designed to help cooperative extension professionals, educators, government officials, non-profit leaders and others access practical strategies to more fully leverage the power of data science to improve outcomes for populations in your local communities.

The Community Catalyst Training series highlighted below features leaders and researchers from Iowa, Oregon, and Virginia who can help you transform your work with data-driven learning and discovery. This vibrant dialogue will provide you with tools to maximize your time, develop responsive programs using data insights, and foster impact in collaboration with communities. Each video is about one hour in length.

Community Learning Through Data-Driven Discovery
The Process: Community Learning Through Data-Driven Discovery

The framework and process you need to engage community stakeholders to identify issues and support data discovery in your community and programs.

Speakers: Dr. Sallie Keller, University of Virginia and Dr. Mike Lambur, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Community Capitals Economic Mobility Framework
The Community: Community Capitals Economic Mobility Framework

The strategies you need to measure capacity for new community development projects, help cooperative extension professionals and communities to work together to strengthen downtown and main street, and use data to apply for grants, get legislative support, and measure impact.

Speakers: Dr. Cassandra Dorius, Iowa State University and Dr. Teja Pristavec, University of Virginia

Team Science and Working Virtually as a Team
The Team: Team Science and Working Virtually as a Team

The proven strategies you need to develop successful teams that can flourish virtually and foster impact in collaboration with communities and partners.

Speaker: Rachael Voas, Iowa State University

Data Discovery Process
The Discovery: Data Discovery Process

A deeper dive into the process of combining unprecedented amounts of data to foster unexpected discoveries, innovations, and advancements that assist you with addressing the issues confronting your community.

Speaker: Dr. Cassandra Dorius, Iowa State University

Building a Data Ready Culture
The Culture: Building a Data Ready Culture

The key ethical and legal considerations you need be aware to build a data-ready culture that can use data to drive decision making with communities and across programs.

Speaker: Dr. Shawn Dorius, Iowa State University

Finding Insights in Data
The Action Plan: Finding Insights in Data

The strategies you need to provide data insights to decision makers, share learnings to drive change, and create an action plan to support your community in next step(s).

Speaker: Dr. Vicki Lancaster, University of Virginia

Publications

Doing Data Science: A Framework and Case Study Article
Harvard Data Science Review, 2(1). (2020) S.A. Keller, S.S. Shipp, A. D., Schroeder, & G. Korkmaz

 

Helping Communities Use Data to Make Better Decisions Article
Issues in Science and Technology, Spring:83-89. (2018) S. Keller, S. Nusser, S. Shipp, C. Woteki

 

Harnessing the power of data to support community‐based research ABS
WIREs Comp Stat doi: 10.1002/wics.1426. (2018) S. Keller, S. Shipp, G. Korkmaz, E. Molfino, J. Goldstein, V. Lancaster, B. Pires, D. Higdon, D. Chen, A. Schroeder

 

Building Capacity for Data Driven Governance - Creating a New Foundation for Democracy Article
Statistics and Public Policy, 4:1-11. (2017) S. A. Keller, V. Lancaster, S. Shipp
Resource Publications