About the
Equitable Development Data Insight Training Initiative

The Equitable Development Data Insight Training Initiative (EDDIT) offers data analysis and storytelling training to non-profit, community, and government organizations working towards urban equity in small and midsized cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Our mission is to support equitable development in small and mid-sized cities by building capacity in change makers.

EDDIT helps organizations refine their narratives and leverage data so that they can make the best possible case for their equitable development work to their community and stakeholders.

 

Why Storytelling?

Storytelling is a powerful tool to share important and complex data in an approachable way to policymakers, researchers, and the wider community. A story can call people into action, or it can induce fear and drive people away. Effective storytelling through data and narrative analysis will help practitioners document, reflect, and evaluate the impacts of their work. Through our program, organizations will learn data and storytelling skills that can be transferred throughout their organization.

Why small and mid-sized cities?

Often, organizations working in equitable development collect robust datasets, but do not have the capacity to perform meaningful analysis. This is especially true for organizations in small and mid-sized cities. We are dedicated to providing resources and support to organizations in order to showcase the benefits of equitable development to funders, policymakers, and the public.

Our Goals

  • Showcase the benefits of equity-based approaches to economic development.
  • Provide practitioners with the tools and skills needed to develop meaningful metrics.
  • Develop a repository of equitable development projects.
  • Develop a new curriculum on data analysis for equitable development projects.
  • Build awareness and understanding of the practice of equitable development in the larger community.

The Initiative

The Equitable Development Data Insight Training process consists of an intensive and complete 10-12-week training program, helping your organization bring data analysis and storytelling skills into the core of your organization’s planning process.

Outcomes

Data analysis and storytelling training focused on your organization's goals.

We teach you how to organize datasets, create data collection protocols, visualize data through maps and graphics, write reports with accessible language, and more. See our Examples page for how data analysis can help your organization

Insights on one specific project from your organization.

Throughout our program, you will use your data analysis and storytelling skills to complete one project, using the data already collected by your organization. By focusing together on one project, you will develop transferable skills to implement organization-wide.

Stages

Stage 1
2 weeks, virtually

Kick-off meetings

Kick-off the Initiative with the EDDIT team and the cohort selected organization. In the following weeks, work with the EDDIT team to discuss your project and plan a visit to your site.

Stage 2
2 day visit to your project site

Site visits

Members of the EDDIT team will spend a few days visiting your site to learn more about your organization, your data, and the challenges of your project, while experiencing the on-the-ground action.

Stage 3
8 weeks, virtually

Curriculum design

DrT from TheCaseMade, along with the EDDIT team, will design specialized workshops based on the goals of your data project. There will be virtual, periodic check-ins and coaching sessions during this process.

Stage 4
10-12 weeks, virtually

Curriculum delivery

Once the curriculum is designed, your staff will go through a 10-12-week training program with 20-30 hours worth of virtual lectures, workshops, modules, and office hours. Your staff will analyze and communicate the story of your project by the end of the program.

Stage 5
2 days in Toronto

Symposium

Your organization will be invited to attend a final symposium to present and celebrate your work along with the rest of the EDDIT cohort. Flights and accommodations will be expensed by EDDIT.

Areas of Equitable Development

We welcome all projects dedicated to equitable development. The project scales can range from a single community fridge to a city-wide policy. They may fall under one area of equitable development, or span across multiple areas.

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Economic opportunity

Entrepreneurship programs, small business loans, grants 

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Housing affordability

Housing advocacy programs, housing design

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Transportation accessibility

Rider advocacy groups, bike lane projects, bus route projects

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Food security

Community gardens, local produce delivery services, food banks

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Environmental justice

Community cleanups, river restoration projects, climate advocacy groups

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Capacity building

English language classes, youth after school programs, trade skills training

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Culture and history

Public art projects, oral history projects

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Community wealth-building

Community land trusts, co-operative housing

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Active living

Sports and recreation programs, park space design, winter outdoor activities 

Ready to get started?

  • Want more information? 
  • Wondering if your organization or project is a good fit?
  • Interested in doing an exploratory call?
  • Need help with the application?
 
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