Data Innovation Bootcamp: Video Series Release
On December 1 2021, the Open Data Policy Lab team shared a summary of our first-ever Data Innovation Bootcamp as a part of the Open Data Policy Lab’s City Incubator.
Posted on 16th of February 2022 by Adrienne Schmoeker
On December 1 2021, the Open Data Policy Lab team shared a summary of our first-ever Data Innovation Bootcamp as a part of the Open Data Policy Lab’s City Incubator. A core part of the City Incubator program is the Data Innovation Bootcamp, a packed six weeks of learning and training designed around the four pillars of the Third Wave of Open Data, which comprises:
- Publishing with Purpose;
- Fostering Partnerships and Data Collaboration;
- Advancing Open Data at the Subnational Level;
- Prioritizing Data Responsibility and Data Rights.
One of the central ideas discussed at the Bootcamp was embedding openness in an organization's operations. To show our own commitment to this value, we are sharing the recordings of the Data Innovation Bootcamp:
Week 1: Foundations of Data Innovation
Week 3: Planning Best Practices
Week 4: Strategic Positioning
Week 5: Launch Strategy
Week 6: Sustainability Planning
It is our hope that these recordings can serve as a resource for all those city innovators looking for support and learning opportunities.
We welcome all feedback and ideas that the broader community of city innovators may have upon digging into this series! Send us your thoughts at: [email protected].
WEEK 1: FOUNDATIONS OF DATA INNOVATION
In this introductory session, we focus on ensuring that data innovations do not fall into the trap of techno-solutionism but are focused on driving value and impact through the support of clear problem definition and an understanding of how data contributes to decision-making and value creation. We share with participants tools on how to develop a theory of change and agile methodologies to help support a user-centered focus to the data innovation throughout its lifecycle.
WEEK 2: RESPONSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE DATA INNOVATION
Critical in all data work is remembering that no source of information is perfect and that no data tool built from this imperfect data is perfect either. It is imperative that the gaps and risks in one’s data and data innovation development process are understood. The City of San Jose’s Data Equity Team shares their Data Equity Framework and an example of how it is used in their data innovation work.
- Brittny-Jade Saunders, Three Views Strategies
- Christine Keung, Julia Chen, Beatriz Aldereguia, City of San Jose’s Data Equity Team
- Andrew Young & Adrienne Schmoeker, The GovLab
WEEK 3: PLANNING BEST PRACTICES
We turn our focus on how to effectively plan for a data innovation, keeping in mind the agile nature of this work. Planning involves understanding how to get internal stakeholders on board, how to translate transparency principles into action, and potential creative forms of resourcing such as fundraising. City Incubator Partner Mastercard City Insights shares a suite of free tools and resources to support the City Incubator’s innovators.
- Tyler Kleykamp, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
- Alby Bocanegra & Michael Capozzi, Mastercard City Possible
- Stefaan Verhulst & Andrew Young, The GovLab
WEEK 4: STRATEGIC POSITIONING
An important component of launching any new initiative is working to obtain buy-in from different internal stakeholders with different incentives. Data innovations are no exception. Yet neither public policy courses nor data courses focus on strategic communications and relationship building. This video discusses frameworks and tactics for engaging different audiences, internal and external to an organization.
WEEK 5: LAUNCH STRATEGY
Even with a perfect action plan, approval from the various approval-holding stakeholders, and resources in place, a data innovation can fall flat without a strategy for launch. How an organization prepares and announces its data innovation makes a difference. As it is commonly said, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression! This session provides a continued emphasis on staying user-centric while providing a checklist and other resources for mapping out a communications and messaging strategy.
- Natalia Adler, Pebble Analytics
- Kisha Bwenge, Open Contracting Partnership
- Adrienne Schmoeker, The GovLab
WEEK 6: SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING
While a data innovation may employ quick and temporary tactics (such as a pilot) to demonstrate demand and a need, long-term impact is generated by long-lasting implementation. As a data innovation is in development and preparing to launch, what is needed for long-term sustainability must be considered. Speakers address how to foster culture change in your organization and cover resources for long-term sustainability planning.