Our work and decisions are driven by data — a pillar of Collective Impact
As OpportunINDY navigates change, it supports the challenges of change and improvement with three methods:
An attitude and culture of encouragement, trust and peer transparency.
- Partners need to feel safe, respected and supported as they look closely at their own data, share openly, change things up, work around barriers.
- It may be uncomfortable, but Partners will be given room to try, fail and talk.
- Most data that Partners share with each other will not make it to this website.
Using data that is available.
- We use the best data we can easily access right now. It’s often not what we wish we could find.
- The reality of data that’s not as good as we want shows up at the state level, local level and within the halls of every Partner’s affiliation. In some cases, ages or genders we want to track don’t match data sets collected. In other cases, collection efforts are spotty. And, commonly, there are capacity and skill issues at play.
- Over time, we will help good data emerge that supports better data-driven decision-making. Many cities have been chipping away at collecting useful outcome-specific data for years. We intend to make Indianapolis the exception.
A system of continuous communication and improvement among partners.
- OpportunINDY will build a toolkit of “touchpoint” conversations, dialogue and meeting guides, training and supports for leads — creating real-time mini-evaluations around all aspects of our collective. This addresses a pillar of Collective Impact.
- Formal tools will look at operation of the whole — how decisions are made, meeting effectiveness, personal and group leadership, even structure.
- The Continuous Improvement Process page in this section provides further detail.
More data is available in the 2014 Task Force Report to the Mayor as well as the “data” tab in each focus area of the Plan of Action. (Visit “How To Explore the Plan of Action” page to learn more about the website version of the Plan of Action.)
Are you able to connect Partners with good, local focus area data? Contact us!