In collaboration with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD), the Commit! Partnership launched its inaugural Data Cohort in March with the goal of equipping each participant to become leaders in data quality and data analysis within their organizations. Participants meet every two weeks, over 4 months, for a total of 8 sessions, representing the following 14 organizations:

Classes build on each other and include topics such as improving usage of public data sources, increasing comfort with Microsoft Excel, introducing and implementing Continuous Quality Improvement, understanding and interpreting data results, and visualizing data. The first two classes have laid the foundation, allowing participants to level set on data use and knowledge. One participant stated, “I had to do some self-reflection about my basic Excel skills.” We value the honesty, tenacity, and graciousness of each of our participants!

The workshops attempt to model continuous improvement by responding to anonymous survey results to tweak content. For example, participants requested more time to interact with each other and subsequent classes have incorporated more interactive activities.

Most classes feature at least one guest speaker, exposing participants to different perspectives on data use. Commit! and UWMD staff also make time every week to work one-on-one with participants, a major benefit of the cohort.

Want to learn more or contribute to these efforts? Please contact ashwina.kirpalani@commit2dallas.org.