The Equitable Development Data Insight Training (EDDIT) Initiative is open to:
- Organizations (local governments, nonprofits, community groups, private organizations) working towards urban equity.
- Organizations operating in small and mid-sized cities in the U.S. or Canada (defined as having a population of approx. 50,000 to 500,000).
- Organizations should have a specific equitable development project or program that they wish to use as the focus of the training. Ideally, this project/program has been active for a minimum of 3 years and has robust data associated with it.*
*Exceptions to these requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Alignment with equitable development
What areas of equitable development does your project work in?
Organizational Interest in data analysis and storytelling
What aspects of your projects are you curious to explore through data?
Availability of data
What type of data is available for your project? How much data and how extensive is it?
Can your team commit to EDDIT throughout the training process? See below.
The organizations for the EDDIT 2023 cohort were selected based on their project’s alignment with equitable development, the availability of data to analyze, and the capacity of their team. Applicants were carefully evaluated by our judging panel and interviewed by the EDDIT team.
Alison Goebel is Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC). She has been with GOPC since 2010 and has held a number of positions within the organization during that time. Today, Goebel is responsible for charting GOPC’s strategic direction, directing the research, advocacy, and outreach teams, and securing resources for this work.
Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Harper-Anderson’s research examines the impact of macroeconomic transformation on regional economies and urban labor markets with a focus on social equity and sustainability concerns.
Kathryn Pettit is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on neighborhood change and how communities use data for more effective and equitable decision-making. She is currently serving as the Interim Vice President leading the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.
Libby Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland, where she served as 50th Mayor from 2015-2023. During her tenure, Oakland experienced its greatest housing building boom this century and its lowest 5-year period of gun violence on record. Her “17K/17K Housing Plan” doubled Oakland’s affordable housing production, increased tenant protections for more than 36,000 low-income Oaklanders, and created nearly 20,000 new homes. She is currently a lecturer at UC Berkeley and fellow at Harvard.
Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Equity Research Institute at USC. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the 58th Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin. She has extensive experience in local policy and practice, having worked with mayors across the country for over a decade, and serving three terms on the Madison Common Council. Elected in 2019, she is the city’s second female mayor and the first out LGBTQ person to serve as Mayor of Madison.
What will you need to apply?
- An organizational interest in working with data.
- Annual reports, grant proposals, data samples, data visualization or documentation explaining your program.
- Team capacity: A commitment to go through the training process of approximately 20-30 hours. See our timeline for more details.
- Commitment to participation from junior and senior staff.
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