DATA INSTITUTE 2018
Presented by Good Measure
Do you aspire to be a data-driven leader? We invite you and your team to join us for the 2018 Data Institute to connect, learn and explore proven solutions to your data dilemmas.
November 13, 2018 | 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM | Austin, TX
Conference registration is sold out. Join the waitlist to be contacted as space becomes available.
The 2018 Data Institute features:
- Keynote address, “Building and Sustaining a Culture of Learning” by nonprofit data and evaluation expert Sam Cobbs.
- 15 distinct breakout sessions, led by nonprofit data experts from Texas and beyond, on a wide variety of data and evaluation topics.
- Format specially designed for team-based learning, with guided reflection and action planning throughout the day.
- Curated discussions to help participating nonprofits and funders understand their data-ecosystem and identify strategies for driving positive change together.
- Solutions Showcase to share innovative, game-changing approaches to long-standing data and evaluation challenges.
- Happy Hour and multiple opportunities to network with other data leaders.
- A “No Solicitation” policy to allow for more open dialogue between nonprofits and funders.
November 13, 2018 | 7:30 AM – 5 PM
Session Details Coming Soon!
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Keynotes
Sam Cobbs, Chief Program Officer, Tipping Point Community
Keynote description coming soon.
9:45 - 10:45 AM
Early Morning Sessions
11:00 AM - 12 PM
Late Morning Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Luncheon Presentation and Discussions: The Central Texas Data Ecosystem
1:45 - 2:45 PM
3 - 4 PM
Team debrief and action planning
4 - 5:30 PM
Solutions Showcase and Happy Hour
2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, SAM COBBS
Sam Cobbs is the Chief Program Officer for Tipping Point Community. He has been part of Tipping Point since it began and when he was the CEO of First Place for Youth, a long-standing grantee, for 12 years.
Sam is a national expert and policy advisor on at-risk foster kids, specifically the issues they face as they transition into adulthood. In his 20 years of work in the nonprofit field, he has created and implemented programs that successfully reduce poverty and homelessness among vulnerable young people and has been one of the leading voices in advocating for better access to housing, education, employment and health programs that improve their lives.
Sam has been recognized for his leadership by national organizations and has been awarded the Anne E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship, the 2010 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and the Red Cross Community Hero Award. He has been recognized by Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, California Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass, Assembly Member Jim Beall, Assembly Member Leland Yee and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for his tireless commitment to youth. Before First Place, he served in leadership positions at Larkin Street Youth Services, Juma Ventures and the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland. Sam has a Master’s in Counseling from California State University, East Bay.
SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
Managing Director, Capacity Building + Impact, Tipping Point Community
Kelly has spent her career working in education reform and youth + community development, with a particular focus on using cross-sector partnerships to catalyze change. Prior to joining Tipping Point, she worked as sustainability manager for Education Sector, a national education policy think tank, where she led fund and business development and worked on policy issues related to shared impact and accountability. She started her nonprofit career teaching and running an arts education program in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in education policy, organization, and leadership studies from Stanford University. Claiming the Bay Area as her adopted home, Kelly loves the awesome hiking, running, cycling, and local sports-rooting that make this area such a great place to call home.
Luzelma G. Canales, Ph.D.
Executive Director, RGV FOCUS
In her role as the executive director of the RGV FOCUS, a collaboration with Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), Canales provides leadership for a large-scale collective impact initiative.
The RGV FOCUS collective impact initiative was launched to transform college readiness, access and success across a four-county region in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas Prior to her work with RGV FOCUS, Canales served as a community college and university administrator for over 25 years. She led numerous institutional community college national reform initiatives, including Achieving the Dream and Breaking Through, and several with Excelencia in Education. Canales serves on local, state and national boards related to closing equity gaps in voter turnout and educational attainment. She was born and raised along the Texas-Mexico border in deep South Texas. She and her family migrated to Washington and Oregon to work in the fields during the 1960s and 1970s. Her life experiences includes participating in the integration of schools and witnessing the efforts of the United Farm Workers to bring to light concerns over working conditions of migrant farm workers. These and other experiences formed her commitment to work with organizations to identify and eliminate barriers faced by Latino students as they navigate the high school and college experience. Canales earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pan American University, master’s in business administration from the University of Texas – Pan American, and doctorate of philosophy in human resource development from Texas A&M University.
Director of Outcomes, Assessment and Learning, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Isaac has spent his career learning how to do youth development and measure it. Has worked with a wide range of youth development issues, including youth violence prevention, gang prevention, mental and physical health, homelessness, school success, and more. They’re the issues that have always interested him most. Everyone wants to assume they are doing good. He asks people, “How do you know that you’re not actually making things worse, and what mechanisms do you have in place to test that?”
His experience includes: Deputy director, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative; director of data and evaluation, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative; senior research scientist, Child Trends; director of learning and evaluation, Latin American Youth Center; associate research manager, research analyst, and associate research analyst, COSMOS Corporation; assistant director of speech and debate, University of Rochester; member, American Evaluation Association Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Superstar Foundation (2011); Cross Examination Debate Association All-American Debater, Syracuse University, 1995-1996
Ann K. Emery
Information Designer, Emery Analytics
Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 50 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences. In her “spare” time, Ann chairs the American Evaluation Association’s data visualization interest group, serves as an advisory member of the American Evaluation Association’s Potent Presentations Initiative, and motorcycles around the country with her husband and toddler. Prior to launching her own company, Ann measured the effectiveness of public policy projects at Innovation Network, managed a performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center, evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International, and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia.
Design Researcher, Design Institute for Health
Kijana Knight-Torres is the design researcher at the Design Institute for Health, a collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She is focused on improving the human experience through empathy, strategy and design. Throughout her career, she has worked to enable people to live their best lives. Her approach includes deep listening and observation of people in their natural habitats, comprehensive synthesis, and telling compelling and engaging stories. Knight-Torres believes that doing the work to build compassionate connections can empower people to help themselves and one another in meaningful ways. She has helped a variety of companies and organizations, large and small, form successful human-centric design strategies. She also led the “Lead with the Story” storytelling workshop at the What’s the Fix 2018 workshop this May.
Michele Martell, Esq.
Principal, Martell Media House
Michele Martell is a rare commodity as a community, marketing and legal strategist and implementer. Michele provides business strategy and implementation as an experienced legal, marketing and business executive. She leads digital marketing and social media programs for clients such as Ayla Networks, Echelon, WindSpring and other technology companies. With a background in entertainment and edtech as well as intellectual property law and a focus on innovative storytelling for every screen, Michele has been part of the executive management teams for The Jim Henson Company, Cinedigm Entertainment, SD Entertainment as well as WWE. She can be found tweeting at Austin music shows, food festivals and edtech events or speaking on panels at SXSW on virtual reality issues. Michele is on the Development Council for the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at the University of Texas, at Austin. Michele was a 2013 nominee for the Women in Toys Wonder Woman Award, and serves on the WiT Legal Committee.
Nonprofit Strategist and Film Producer, Saving Philanthropy: Resources to Results
Kate Robinson, nonprofit strategist and executive producer of On the Road to Social Impact, is a skilled speaker and strategist who has worked in the nonprofit sector for twenty years specializing in evaluation-planning and organizational learning. She is the former director of Strategic Initiatives for Social Solutions Global, Inc. Where she led a national advisory board of high-performing nonprofit organizations, and conducted extensive research on evaluation strategies. she is also the former executive director of consumer health coalition where she helped coordinate a statewide campaign to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of Medicaid waiver programs.
President and Founder, Shore Research
President and founder of Shore Research Inc., Karin Samii-Shore is in charge of Shore’s day to day operations. Karin also develops strategy, and designs and conducts research for our clients. She specializes in evaluation planning and development, evaluation capacity building and examining topics related to the impact of teaching and learning at all levels — individual, group, and organization. A natural collaborator, Karin loves to team with her clients to provide services tailored to their specific interests and needs. Ms. Samii-Shore has a Master’s degree in Human Development from the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the San Diego State University.
Reyda Taylor, PhD
Founder and Owner, PKE Insights
Reyda is the founder and owner of PKE Insights. Reyda is passionate about solving problems and helping organizations understand the impact of their products and services. After graduating with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida, Reyda got her professional start as the Research and Evaluation Specialist at the Girl Scouts of Citrus in Orlando, FL–a council with over 15,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers. At GSC, she learned the value of lean research strategies and front-line buy-in, as well as the need for clear communication and excellent customer service.
Upon moving to Austin, Reyda worked for Shore Research where, as a Senior Researcher, she managed the full life-cycle of research and evaluation projects for clients in the non-profit and education arenas. Her favorite part of the job was consulting directly with clients to understand their needs and communicate their results. In 2013, Reyda delved fully into user experience research–providing independent consulting services in both generative and evaluative research on multiple types of products and in a variety of industries, using both remote and in-context strategies.
Senior Manager of Aligned Impact, Mission Capital
Marisa coordinates Mission Capital’s research on the Central Texas nonprofit sector. She also provides consulting to nonprofit and public sector clients, and manages the tracking and evaluation functions for the consulting department. Prior to Mission Capital, Marisa spent five years with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) where she worked as a trainer and consultant. She has also served as a program manager for Communities in Schools of Central Texas, and has worked or interned for several other agencies including Helping Hand Home for Children and Austin Child Guidance Center. Marisa got her start in the nonprofit field serving as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer. She is honored to now support the efforts of so many wonderful nonprofits.
FROM PAST CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Gained new knowledge
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differently about social change
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Good Measure is a group of philanthropic organizations that work with their grantees to creatively and strategically use data to make a bigger difference in their communities.
Good Measure gives funders a chance to:
- invest in their grantees’ data measurement, analysis skills and practices.
- increase access to quality data to help grantees and other nonprofits work more strategically.
- support bold thinking, strategic risk taking, collaborations and innovative ideas that lead to greater impact.
ADVANCING OUR FIELD
Data Institute presents cutting-edge, expert content that inspires you to take action, increase effectiveness and maximize your community impact. Engage with influential social sector leaders in the fields of nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
- This conference has taken the Austin community by storm, provided hundreds of people with new ideas and tools, and inspired a whole new level of social entrepreneurshipLisa FielderCo-Founder & CEO, College Forward, 2015 Conference Attendee
- Congratulations to Mission Capital on a wonderful conference – what an impactful two days! Thank you for creating this terrificRobyn HouseholderGoodwill Central Texas, 2016 Conference Attendee
learning and networking opportunity.
- The quality of the speakers, the ideas and the attendees were all just fantastic.Janet MitchellPrincipal, M Group Agency, 2015 Conference Attendee
- Khotan Shahbazi-HarmonDirector of Communications & Community Accountability, E3 Alliance, 2016 Conference Attendee
What a wonderful conference. I only wish it could be quarterly!
- Loved the conference! Powerful to have so many nonprofits and social enterprise together with inspiring speakers.John TroyFounder of WorkMonger, 2015 Conference Attendee
- Mandy DeMayoHousingWorks Austin, 2016 Conference Attendee
The conference was fabulous! I learned a lot, connected with people, and got energized about our mission.
- Mission Capital gets my award for best conference of the year. Thank you for a meaningful and thought-provoking 48 hours. Until next year.Austin BuchanExecutive Director, College Forward, 2015 Conference Attendee