From Mapping to Action: Advancing the Data for Good Sector

December 2, 2021 12pm EST

What does it mean to do ‘data for good’? And how do we take the sector from artisanal to industrial?

At, we strive to solidify the field of data science for social impact. As we embark on this journey, we want to start by creating a shared understanding of the current field alongside other field builders and influencers. Jake Porway, current fellow and former CEO, DataKind has created a landscape map that aims to bring clarity and nuance to the data for good conversation by defining what various initiatives are trying to achieve, how they do it, and what makes them similar or different from one another.

In collaboration with and The Rockefeller Foundation invite you to a public dialogue with data for good thought leaders and leading practitioners. In this session, we will discuss the implications of key findings drawn from this landscape map, and how they inform concrete ways we can improve efficiency and effectiveness in the data for good sector. We have been pressure testing ideas and provocations honed through extensive research and listening sessions. ​Now, we seek your feedback on these initial ideas, and their potential for practical application.

The insights and calls-to-action uncovered in this event will not only help strengthen the intended outcome of the map, but advance a more strategic and functional data for good ecosystem for all.

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Michelle Shevin

Senior Program Manager, Technology and Society

Ford Foundation

Michelle Shevin is a Senior Program Manager with the Technology and Society team at the Ford Foundation. She is a technologist and researcher obsessed with shifting systems and the interplay of technological, regulatory, and cultural change. Prior to joining Ford, she worked in technology futurism, open innovation, and strategy consulting, helping organizations and institutions across sectors adapt and thrive.

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