The Initiative

The Equitable Development Data Insight Training process consists of an intensive and complete 16-week training program, helping your organization bring data analysis and storytelling skills into the core of your organization’s planning process.


Free 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.


Stage 1
2 weeks, virtually

Kick-off meetings

Kick-off the Initiative with the EDDIT team and all the successful applicants in the 2023-2024 cohort. In the following weeks, work with the EDDIT team to discuss your project and plan a visit to your site.

Stage 2
1 week visit to your project site

Site visits

Members of the EDDIT team will spend one week 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

Dr. T from The CaseMade, along with the EDDIT team, will design specialized workshops based on the goals of your data project. There will be virtual check-ins every two months with your project throughout this process.

Stage 4
16 weeks, virtually

Staff training

Once the curriculum is designed, your staff will go through a 16-week training program with 20-30 hours worth of virtual lectures, workshops, modules, and office hours. Staff will analyze and communicate the story of your project by the end of the program.

Stage 5
3 days in Toronto, accommodations provided

Networking, sharing, and celebrating

At the end of the program in Spring/Summer 2024, your team will attend an all-expenses paid symposium in Toronto to present and celebrate your work, along with the rest of the cohort.

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.

Economic opportunity

Entrepreneurship programs, small business loans, grants 

Housing affordability

Housing advocacy programs, housing design

Transportation accessibility

Rider advocacy groups, bike lane projects, bus route projects

Food security

Community gardens, local produce delivery services, food banks

Environmental justice

Community cleanups, river restoration projects, climate advocacy groups

Capacity building

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

Culture and history

Public art projects, oral history projects

Community wealth-building

Community land trusts, co-operative housing

Active living

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

Ready to get started?

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