This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Wednesday, May 22 • 10:15am - 11:30am
TOOLKITS!: Scaling your work for maximum impact with stakeholders Breakout Session
Limited Capacity seats available

SDP Fellows have transformed their agencies’ abilities to leverage data for high-quality insights and actionable next steps. From curriculum and instruction to teacher preparation and college-career readiness, fellows have helped shape policy by providing tools that drive key decision making. But given that the number of fellows in an agency is limited, much of this work must be prioritized based on capacity. In other words, a small group of fellows within an agency can uncover deep, custom insights for a small number of stakeholders, but not for all of them simultaneously. Yet transforming an organization’s data culture requires participants to be actively engaged at multiple points. So how does one transfer the ability of a few analysts uncovering key insights to a broader swathe of the organization, which may not have an advanced level of technical skill, in service of a culture that relies on data and insights?

Toolkits allow us to harness the power of a few and transfer it more broadly without training every person on staff to be an analyst. Similar to a Blue Apron dinner kit, this session will walk participants through an in-depth step-by-step approach to scaling micro solutions to large-scale toolkits capable of servicing a large number of stakeholders without direct supervision from the product designers. The session will cover the 6 stages to designing a tool kit and help participants determine where and where not to leverage products for potential toolkit scalability.

Please bring your laptop to this participatory session.

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Christopher Leake

National Senior Vice President, Teach For America

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Longfellow A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)