Social equity and opportunity
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-04-12
"'Access to data is very much an issue of civil rights,' said Takeuchi. 'It will be important for those of us engaged in finding solutions to the world’s social ills to recognize this reality, and to advocate for the more equitable, and inclusive, use of data as we partner with communities and like-minded organizations to do our work.'
Aden Van Knoppen, former senior advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer for OSTP, spoke about the importance of BCSSW’s role in mining data towards advocating for the greater good. She also underscored the importance for social service providers to collaborate with academia, with tech, and with communities themselves moving forward, in order to build the most effective interventions possible.
'There is such a thing as data poverty and it’s widespread,' she explained. 'Having access to the information you need to thrive at your fingertips is highly unequal, and access to quality data and the skills to create things with it that meet your needs, or the needs of others, is a form of privilege and of power.'
The Opportunity Project sought to begin to break down the barriers of data poverty, facilitating the use of large-scale data sets that RISE3 engaged in a systematic set of analyses, including the American Time Use Survey, the Consumer Expenditure Survey, and the American Housing Survey."