DASH Takes A Deep Dive into Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation

What we do in the next 100 days will not only determine the spread of COVID-19, but will shape the upcoming elections and progress towards our unfulfilled promise as a land of liberty and justice. The unmasking of pervasive inequity, widespread system failure, and chronic underinvestment in the vital conditions for intergenerational well-being has never been more clear.  

In response to this need, over the last three months, leaders from 100 communities and organizations channeled their most promising solutions, boldest ideas, and deepest aspirations into Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America.

DASH was honored to be able to contribute to this important conversation with a Deep Dive into Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation. As we state in the article:

At each stage of data collection and management, those involved have the opportunity to reflect values of equity and the principle that community members and people with lived experience are able to exert stewardship and control over their own and their community’s self-understanding and -description through data. This is especially important as the data systems created by community collaborations and institutions become more complex and sophisticated. This infrastructure—defined as the software, hardware, and systems that allow data to be shared over multiple organizations and uses—is expensive to create and maintain, and is not typically responsive to community definition and voice. For data to be sustainably equitable, the processes that generate it will need to be equitable as well.