Posts Categorized: Research or Written Work

Visualizing Detroit’s Civic Tech Ecosystem

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Building off of my research for a civic tech column for Model D, I was asked by Garlin Gilchrist II, the City of Detroit’s Deputy of Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement from the office of the CIO, to document and visualize the civic tech ecosystem in Detroit. Together we presented on this work as guests of […]

Navigating Early Childhood Education

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Throughout Detroit, there is a clear need among families for better information about how the education system works. This is particularly crucial among families with young children who are about to enter our city’s complex and highly segmented education system. Additionally, the research is clear that kids who go to pre-school are much more successful […]

#CivicTech Coverage for Model D

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In 2014, as a freelance writer I began covering civic and community technology for Model D, an online magazine telling the story about the people who are changing Detroit. Together the managing editor and I are working to develop a regular column that utilizes data journalism and infographics for storytelling. Articles to Date: The new […]

UIX: Survey Development & Network Analysis

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The Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX), an initiative funded by the Knight Foundation, showcases and advances Detroit’s growing social innovation movement. While I was at Data Driven Detroit (D3), which serves as the data partner for UIX, I acted as Project Manager of the UIX project. The project team created a survey to better understand innovators’ backgrounds, their projects, their […]

Skillman 2012 State of the Detroit Child

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Citing the fragmented nature of Detroit data, The Skillman Foundation asked Data Driven Detroit to  compile a significant number of child-related indicators into one document, to provide a baseline. This report would be used to monitor and evaluate regional progress and also be updated on an annual basis. My Role: Project Management and Lead, Editor, […]

D3 Communications Management

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During my 3.5 years at Data Driven Detroit (D3), I assisted as both a Project Manger and as the Communications Manager. As the Communications Manager, my major role was to ensure that our publications and designed materials were of high quality and extended the D3 brand. While D3 culture promotes staff autonomy and freedom to […]

UNICEF: Child Labor Survey Results

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While interning with a social policy advisor at UNICEF Botswana in 2008, I spent the majority of my time analyzing data from the 2005/06 national child labor survey. A few years later that research was published in 2 separate publications. My Role: Assisted with the development of analysis framework and data analysis, Developed basic summary […]

MFA Thesis: Ethiopian Childbirth Manual

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Health Extension Workers are the foundation of Ethiopia’s new health decentralization program which aims to increase health coverage in the rural areas. These workers are based in areas where they are originally from; they are young and enthusiastic women and men trained in preventative care. In summer of 2007, I lead a team of researchers […]