Friday, 14.00-15.00

Unleashing the power of interoperable data. Sarah Hennessy, Feedback Labs; Marc Maxmeister, Keystone Accountability
Many of us collect feedback from the people we seek to serve. How can we make it more powerful and useful by combining it with feedback other organizations receive? This session will explore how connecting datasets from different organizations can lead to more powerful interactions with our shared constituents. We will discuss the barriers to such data interoperability and how they might be overcome.

Session Level:

Intermediate

Session Details:

Many of us collect feedback from the people we seek to serve. How can we make it more powerful and useful by combining it with feedback other organizations receive? This session will explore how connecting datasets from different organizations can lead to more powerful interactions with our shared constituents. The session will start with a discussion of what interoperability is, and why it’s particularly important for organizations seeking feedback from the people they seek to serve. We will then discuss why participants want to improve in this area and the barriers to data interoperability. Much of the session will involve an interactive group activity. Participants will leave this session having reflected on how they might benefit from connecting their datasets with datasets from other organizations, and how they might feasibly accomplish that interoperability in practice.

Session Leads:

Sarah Hennessy, Chief of Staff, Feedback Labs. Sarah manages the organization and day-to-day strategy and function of Feedback Labs, including member management, outreach, development, event organization, and more. She also manages LabStorms and Sprint Relays. Sarah likes to think about how we can use feedback not only to make better decisions in aid and philanthropy, but how citizen voice can be an important tool for highlighting, amplifying, and codifying voices in the present minority.

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in epidemiology and public health, Sarah somehow managed to leave behind the palm trees and 70 degree winters to return to the east coast, where she got her start in DC working at Ashoka. She now splits her time between Feedback Labs and GlobalGiving, where she works with the impact team to explore and design incentives around behavior changes toward greater organizational effectiveness (via feedback!). Off the clock, Sarah enjoys rock climbing, trying new flavors of decaf coffee, reading SCOTUSblog, and listening to lots and lots of podcasts (check out Tiny Spark!). Learn more about Sarah here, on Twitter @FeedbackLabs or at Feedback Labs.

Marc Maxmeister, Chief Innovator, Keystone Accountability. Marc Maxmeister is a PhD neuroscientist who helps coordinate the GlobalGiving Storytelling project, an experiment to provide all organizations with a richer, more complex view of the communities they serve. He is also part of GlobalGiving’s i-team, a group tasked with defining and measuring GlobalGiving’s impact on other organizations. He focuses on learning from experimentation. He was formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia and did a Fulbright research project around the impact of computers and the Internet on rural education in West Africa. He loves to teach, and has taught graduate-level Neuroscience at Kenyatta University in Kenya and Python to middle school students in London, UK. He blogs at chewychunks.wordpress.com and is the author of several books, including Ebola: Local voices, hard facts (2014) and Trello for Project Management (2015). More about Mark here, on Twitter @marcmaxson or at Keystone Accountability.