Monday, January 29, 2018

Making Sense of Early Childhood Data

On January 22nd and 23rd, our Great Start Collaborative team attended a training on early childhood data at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan.  The purpose of this training was to explore the Great Start Data Set as an aid in preparing for strategic planning and to learn new ways of presenting the data to the community.

We learned how important it is to be intentional in exactly how data is conveyed for media, partners, program participants, funders, and policymakers.  Audience matters when displaying data; thinking about the level of data to include, framing the issue at hand, and each type of audience requiring a different type of data storytelling.

Collaborative teams were divided into two based on their experience with Microsoft Excel, with each group focusing on creating charts using the Data Set.  Teams then came back together, shared their learning, and created a draft presentation or infographic to take back to their communities.

One of the great things we learned from our training was that we can use the Great Start Data Set as an additional resource.  Combined with data that we already have access to, we are able to create a more impactful presentation in order to create change in Jackson County.  Our Great Start Collaborative team enjoyed this training and we are excited to use the information learned as we move into 2018!

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