Understanding data in our collaborative work

Updated: Aug 17, 2020


The purpose of a data dive is to narrow focus, explore assumptions and build a hypothesis. Together the ECA uses data to guide our efforts to begin setting our vision, strategic direction, and designing and implementing tactical actions for our work.


What are the steps in a data dive?


First, we look at quantative data and discuss assumptions with our group, including families in the conversation.


Next, we host a participatory conversation, asking:

  • What stands out to us?

  • What is missing? What is very clear?

  • What do we want to know? What insights does this reveal?

  • Does the data look like what we expected?

  • What are our next steps?

Last, we engage in a qualitative data discussion called a "Root Cause Analyisis"

  • The way you understand the problem determines the strategy that will be developed to address the problem.

  • Ask why, five time? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

  • Understand current conditions, what underlying contradictions block us from achieving our vision?

  • Focus on the system, not blaming individuals

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