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05 Dec Feature Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Have you seen the Seattle Times' article discussing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound creates bonds that can last into adulthood and is part of The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.  It has a few school-based programs, including “MentorU,” starting this year at West Seattle High School.  Mentors there will help guide students academically, including with choices about college.  Most matches follow a more free-flowing structure.  The organization asks that “Bigs” meet with their “Littles” at least four hours a month.  What they do is up to them. Did you hear about the award?  Congratulations to Jolynn Kenney, Vice President of Puget Sound Big Brothers Big Sisters, for receiving the Skip Walsh Award at its National Conference.  The award is given to the Big Brothers Big Sisters executive who, through excellence in his or her own agency work and generosity, provided resources, support and encouragement to colleagues and has strengthened BBBS’ mentoring services to children. Data2insight is proud to be teaming with such an amazing organization....

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21 Nov In Remembrance

Pauline Reiter, a dear friend and mentor to data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a yearlong battle with cancer. In May 2016, a memorial service for Pauline was held at Ohev Shalom, the family  synagogue of her son Scott.  Scott, his three kids, and a couple of his friends delivered meaningful talks and his community unveiled their new ice cream cart (seen in the picture to the left). Inspired by Pauline's love of ice cream, the synagogue has launched the Ice Cream Bike, named "Pauline's: A Vehicle of Good." To learn more about her legacy, visit http://ostns.org/paulines.  You can also donate at http://ostns.org/donations_new (Pauline’s: A Vehicle for Good is available in the drop down list). Data2insight has benefited greatly over the years by Pauline's friendship and mentor-ship.  We hope you will join us in supporting her legacy.   ...

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14 Nov data2insight Represents at ASTC 2016 Conference

How can science centers and museums become more welcoming and safe places for members of the transgender community?  Data2insight's Frieda E. Smith, head of finance and operations and senior consultant, and Kaden Borseth, director of teen and family programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, explored this question along with attendees in a session at the annual conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) on Monday, September 26, 2016. At the beginning of the session, Borseth shared a resource called the Genderbread Person, which helps to illustrate the differences between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and romantic or sexual attraction. Want to read more?  Check out this blog post where Emily Schuster recaps the important information shared during the workshop, titled Talking About the T in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender).  It was the first transgender focused workshop to be selected for presentation at an ASTC conference. Data2insight is thrilled to be associated with this informative and timely workshop.  We hope to continue to help educate folks on how to be culturally competent when it come to their trans colleagues, guests, friends, and family....

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07 Nov Sharing Insight: Inequities in K-12 science

Data2insight supports the mission of Change the Equation, which "works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs." In a recap of the Nation's Report Card's good news, Change the Equation provided additional information, stating the following: Since 2009, the nation's science scores rose in both fourth and eighth grades.  Even more encouraging, black and Latino students gained on their peers, narrowing some of the gaps in student performance that have bedeviled education reformers for decades.  Yet poor and minority students continue to lag far behind. As data2insight continues to do its part, we are happy to see evidence of improvement but look forward to further helping bridge the gap....

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02 Nov data2insight returns from Atlanta

Did you miss data2insight at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference?  This year's conference was held October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia with the theme of Evaluation + Design. Data2insight successfully participated in and presented various sessions.  If you missed out on any of our presentations, or want to learn more about what we covered, head over to our AEA 2016 page and review copies of handouts and PowerPoint slides!...

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24 Oct data2insight will be in Atlanta this week! (Part 3 of 3)

We look forward to meeting you this week at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference!  This year's conference is October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year's theme: Evaluation + Design. “Evaluators must communicate to diverse audiences about the complexities of programs and their impacts. They strive to be accurate, compelling, and clear. At the same time, they are constrained by the time, attention, and training of audiences. To be successful, evaluators must develop strong information design skills.” - AEA President, John Gargani On Friday, October 28, 2016, at 4:30 pm, data2insight will present its final of three sessions for the conference: New Data Visualization Tools & Techniques to A+ Your Reporting.   Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, is one of four presenters. The four abstracts featured for this session include: Translating Research Through Storytelling Using Story Maps; Enhancing Photographs as Means of Data Visualization in Evaluation; The latest dashboard research and sneak peek at an upcoming dashboarding field guide; and Information Graphics: The processes, the tools, and the products. For additional information about this session, click here. You STILL haven't signed up for the conference yet?  Time is running out, but it's still not too late!  Click here....

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17 Oct data2insight is heading to Atlanta! (Part 2 of 3)

Are you joining us at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference?  This year's conference is October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year's theme: Evaluation + Design. “Every program is designed, yet the field of evaluation has not developed a systematic approach to designing programs. Should we? Can we? What would it look like? What role should evaluators play? How can evaluation be built into a program from the start?” - AEA President, John Gargani On Friday, October 28, 2016, at 1:45 pm, data2insight will present its second of three sessions for the conference: Focusing Sessions: A valuable stakeholder engagement and evaluation design tool.   This session is a demonstration led by Evaluation Project Manager, Christy A. Ballweber, and data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith. Data2insight will mock up and walk through the steps for planning and facilitating an engaging and effective focusing session.  We will discuss benefits and limitations of those sessions, and how to secure stakeholder engagement.   You will receive a basic understanding of how a focusing session works, and a list of techniques and resources to apply in your evaluation practice.  For additional information about this session, click here. Still need to register for the conference?  It's not too late!  Click here....

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10 Oct data2insight is heading to Atlanta! (Part 1 of 3)

Are you joining us at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference?  This year's conference is October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year's theme: Evaluation + Design. “Everything we evaluate is designed.  Every evaluation we conduct is designed.  Every report, graph, or figure we present is designed.  In our profession, design and evaluation are woven together to support the same purpose—making the world a better place.” - AEA President, John Gargani On Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 3:00 pm, data2insight will present its first of three sessions for the conference:  No (New) Tools Required: Using Tools You Have to Make Big Reporting Impact.  Data2insight's founder, Veronica S. Smith, is the session chair of a multi-paper session.  Other presenters for this session include: Rocele Estanislao,Assistant Director, Evaluation and Research - Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Elissa Schloesser, Visual Communication Consultant - Visual Voice Hannah Crumrine, Senior Performance Evaluator - Office of Performance Evaluations For more information about this session, click here. Still need to register for the conference?  It's not too late!  Click here.  ...

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03 Oct Happy Birthday, TAF!

On October 1, 2016, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, joined the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) as they celebrated 20 years of STEM equity and excellence.  The evening was elegantly crafted for reminiscing the past and celebrating the future at the Bethaday Community Learning Center. TAF is a nonprofit leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.  They use STEM as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in communities of color and those with low income.  Their targeted approach leverages in-school and out-of-school learning to address longstanding historical inequities for students of color, yet cultivates leadership and citizenship in ALL students toward equity. Want to learn more about the organization or the event?  Check out this Seattle Times' article that highlights TAF's work.  You can also check out this letter from Trish Milines Dziko, TAF CEO & Co-Founder.  Use #20YearsTAF or check out TAF on Twitter. Data2insight is proud to have supported TAF over the years through evaluation and mentoring support.  We look forward to many more!...

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26 Sep data2insight is heading to Tampa!

We are thrilled that Frieda E. Smith, our head of finance and operations, is leading the team presenting a workshop at the annual conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) on September 26, 2016! The workshop, titled Talking About the T in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) is the first transgender focused workshop to be selected for presentation at an ASTC conference.  Participants will hear from a trans man, the mother of a trans teen girl, and from Frieda as an ally as she shares information from her interviews of trans people ranging in age from 16 to 65.  Frieda was also on the team that was selected to present the first LGBT focused workshop at an ASTC conference 10 to 12 years ago. If you are attending the conference, please check out what will be an informative workshop about how to create welcoming environments and interactions with those in the the transgender community. ASTC is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives.  Through strategic alliances and global partnerships, ASTC strives to increase awareness of the valuable contributions its members make to their communities and the field of informal STEM learning....

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