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Thursday, May 18 • 4:20pm - 5:20pm
“Push, Pull, Spill”: Election Data and Citizen Engagement in a Global Context

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The well-established importance of data in supporting electoral decision making and civic engagement is complicated by the differing approaches communities use to give meaning to data. Ensuring that data are meaningful to a local community requires clear communication about what data are being collected, by whom, and with what degree of reliability - all framed in a context of local understandings. This process of data contextualization can take many years to accomplish with a well trained workforce, let alone a transitioning government within an emerging country.

With a focus on the election processes and data in Myanmar and citizen reporting on campaign and election events in South Africa, in this session we highlight three areas where government ministries, local NGOs, citizens, and our own research have attempted to gather information about local data needs, and translate those needs into actionable programs that residents and organizations in the countries can use to support data for decision making:

 

  1. The challenges of creating, publishing, and displaying meaningful data visualizations for audiences with varying data literacies;
  2. The ‘faith-based’ nature of trust in demographic data; and,
  3. The challenges associated with making data meaningful in an age where digital information is viewed on both computers and mobile technologies


Speakers
avatar for James Long

James Long

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
James D. Long is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and a faculty affiliate at UW’s Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), and UC-Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action (CE... Read More →
avatar for Chris Rothschild

Chris Rothschild

Research Scientist, Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington
Chris Rothschild is a Research Scientist at the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School. His work focuses on information systems and the social and economic impacts of information access to users and non-users of ICTs. Chris has used qu... Read More →
avatar for Nic Weber

Nic Weber

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Nic Weber is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's iSchool and the Technical Director of the Qualitative Data Repository, hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research focus on sustainability from a systems-thinking perspective. He is broadly interested in the idea of commons governance, and the use of public sector information (open data) for social... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room C