Data Action Team

Purpose:  To create a community-based Data Action Team comprised of individuals and organizations skilled in creating, managing and using data to inform decisions.  These skills will be used to leverage resources to better serve youth, ages 5-18, in Wake County, NC. The Data Action Team is considered an ad hoc group serving the community through specified tasks geared toward the effective use of data and ongoing management of data.

Data Action Team members consider data for inclusion in the Wake County Youth Well-being Profile.

Data Action Team members consider data for inclusion in the Wake County Youth Well-being Profile.

Focus of Efforts:  Securing, collecting and compiling data captured from multiple sources that speak to the state of services, agencies, programs, organizations, and efforts to meet the needs of children and youth in Wake County.  This data will be used to create the necessary documented support to bring attention to issues facing youth in Wake County to help Youth Thrive and its partners better meet local needs and serve children and youth comprehensively.

Key Principles:  Data, when selected carefully, can assist community leaders, organizations and decision-makers in effectively leveraging limited resources, ensuring youth are growing in supportive environments.  Youth Thrive, as the primary convener and collaborator of youth-serving professionals and organizations, seeks to supports those who provide services to young people and their families.  With the coordinated collection and effective use of data, we are better informed and can identify challenges and barriers to success.  The Data Action Team will be charged with ensuring effective selection of data sources, effective use of available data and timely updates to our data knowledge through the development and regular updating of valuable documents containing data pertaining to youth in Wake County, NC.

Team Members:  The Data Action Team is made up professionals in the public and private sectors that are data creators, managers, warehousers and end-users.  It is important that those with access to data be drawn to the Data Action Team.  Additionally, individuals skilled at using data to inform decision-making are also valuable assets to ensuring the effective use of data by Youth Thrive and its partners.  Additionally, those with analytical skills that can help data tell a story are encouraged to be a part of the Data Action Team. Click here to join the team!

Team Staff:  The Data Action Team is supported by all Youth Thrive staff with Robin Rennells serving as the staff liaison.  The Data Action Team will be led by two co-leaders who are elected by the Data Action Team for a period of two years.

Meetings and Communications:  The Data Action Team meetings will be on an as needed basis depending upon the tasks at hand and the timeframes for completion.  Data Action Team meetings are led by the co-leaders with support from Youth Thrive Staff.  Youth Thrives Staff serve as the liaison between the Data Action Team and the Steering Committee. Much of the work will be completed via email and through revisions to shared documents, perhaps also web meetings and phone conferences. The Data Action Team members also serve the Youth Thrive Staff and Board of Directors in a consultative manner being available for emerging issues related to data collection and management.

Team Meeting Webinars

Data Action Team Meeting August 18, 2014

Youth Wellbeing Profile Development 9.26.14