Friday, 9.30-10.00

Making big data accessible and useful. Kelly Skeith, Freedom House and Dan Kheloussi, DataKind DC
Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World (FIW)” index, is a yearly survey and report that measures the degree of civil liberties and political rights around the world. FH worked with DataKind to organize and visualize 11 years of FIW index and sub-indicator data to make historical data easier to access and compare and to inform strategic planning for their programs and help human rights organizations worldwide. We will share how we created an interactive tool to enable analysis and comparison of FIW data against external data sources, across countries and time, as well as visualizations of the FIW data (for public use).

Session Speaker:

Kelly Skeith, Senior Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Freedom House. Kelly’s duties include oversight of the design, monitoring and evaluation of all of the organization’s international human rights, democracy and governance programs. From 2010-15, Kelly served as an M&E Specialist at Social Impact, most recently serving as Deputy Director for Social Impact’s Performance Evaluation practice. Kelly provided management and technical oversight for evaluation, assessment, and performance monitoring activities for USAID and the Department of State and facilitated evaluation trainings for donors and other program staff around the world. Her technical work focused on the utilization of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to capture output, outcome, and impact level data to improve program and policy design and effectiveness in transitional, fragile, and conflict-affected areas. Kelly has also worked at USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) where she supported conflict assessments and the development of the Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding toolkit. She holds a master’s degree in economic and political development from Columbia University. More on her here and at Freedom House.

Dan Kheloussi, DataKind DC. Dan focuses on emerging issues and technologies in electricity markets. He previously supported the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability with the development and demonstration of smart grid technologies, and has also performed research in various fields, including particle physics and LED lighting. Dan has a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Science degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. When he’s not writing queries and making graphs, Dan enjoys playing basketball, taking advantage of the cultural events around Washington, DC, and volunteering with local farmers markets. More on Dan here.