Data You Can Use
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Data You Can Use Wants to Help Your Data Dream Come True!

Competition helps groups acquire data to improve impact

By - Aug 18th, 2021 04:18 pm

MILWAUKEE(July 29, 2021)– Data You Can Use, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization, is now accepting applications for the Data Dream Contest 2021. Neighborhood organizations, social service agencies and other local nonprofits are invited to submit their “data dream.”

Applicants are asked to share what would be different if they had a certain piece of data—how their planning, service provision, results, or funding might be improved with access to assistance in securing, analyzing, visualizing or presenting data.  Winners will receive $5,000-$10,000 in data services from Data You Can Use   sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, Seibert Lutheran Foundation and the Zilber Family Foundation.

“We are so excited to see all the great work being done in Milwaukee, and to help nonprofits get the data they need to be even more effective,” Katie Pritchard, Executive Director, Data You Can Use.

Neighborhood organizations are encouraged to apply by filling out a short application that can be found following this link:  Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of selected judges from neighboring organizations. Finalists will be selected based on the selection criteria listed in the application.

Winners will be announced at Milwaukee’s 7th Data Day to be held virtually on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Data Day is hosted by Data You Can Use and provides an opportunity for leaders, from neighborhoods to universities, to better understand what data is available, the implications of data on community revitalization, and how to increase connections between research and practice. Attendees include nonprofits, government, philanthropic, higher education and corporate entities.

Data Dream applications are screened and the top candidates will compete in the “shark tank” at Data Day. Following a five-minute pitch presentation to the full audience, and celebrity judges from local foundations. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 27, 2021.

Previous sponsors include the Zilber Family Foundation, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, The Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Herb Kohl Philanthropies and the Siebert Lutheran Foundation.  Past winners of the Data Dream Award include Core el Centro, ACTS Housing, Bread of Healing Clinic, the Brady Campaign, Walnut Way, Lead2Change, New Concept Self Development Center, Revitalize Milwaukee, Pearls for Teen Girls, Project RETURN and the Historic King Drive BID.  Winners describe the assistance they receive as “transformational” –providing information, insight and action-oriented direction in their use of data.

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