Training Series: Creating environmental data dialogue with community data sources in support of executive orders

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Training Series: Creating environmental data dialogue with community data sources in support of executive orders

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Based on the OEDP First 120 Day Memo for Federal Employees, we have created a series of collaboratively developed workshops based on the needs of federal government data actors and data consumers:

  1. Learning Agenda Development is designed for federal employees looking to integrate public and third sector data [1] into assessments and decision making, especially with regards to climate change adaptation, migration, mitigation and environmental justice screening data.

  2. Needs Assessment Workshop identifies changes needed to legacy federal data systems and supports greater data dialogue between federal data systems and community-sourced data. This training is designed for technical administrators or data stewards.
  3. Prototyping Exercise catalogs federal data stewards’ knowledge needs and deeply engages with a narrowly defined restriction to data integration or access. This training is geared to those responsible for maintaining data and data platforms and for those responding directly to implementation requirements and/or data pull requests.

Series Audience

Political appointees, administrative level leadership such as chief innovation officers, regulatory program managers, and scientific program managers and technical roles in data infrastructure such as chief data officers, data stewards, and those responsible for legal chain of custody processes. This audience primarily deals with issues concerning environmental protection and management.

Problem Space and Opportunity

Federal Data stewards face deferred maintenance, siloed data streams, messy spreadsheets, and the politicization of public data. These challenges keep data maintainers and decision-makers from effectively leveraging both publicly collected data and publicly funded data to inform regulation, lawmaking, and scientific research. Further, these problems act to exclude the public in data and science-based decision-making. Two Executive Actions, released by the Biden Administration, address these needs:

  1. EO 14008: Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crises at Home and Abroad sec. 203 established the National Climate Task Force, with special attention to the mission and work of delivering on environmental justice.
  2. Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking.

21st-century data management will include new sociotechnical roles and information frameworks that will need to consider good use of public data and ensure data as a public good. This expanded data dialogue has the potential benefit of increasing public trust in government data and improving public participation in government decisions.

What we offer

The Open Environmental Data Project offers data-forward agencies and bureaus co-designed learning-to-implementation plans with the goal of incorporating third sector data sources into data-to-decision-making processes. Through training workshops, OEDP can assist government data stewards and policy-level implementers in identifying the challenges to data usability and third sector data source normalization and turn them into opportunities to upgrade and increase the use of public data at the community scale and at the whole-of-federal government scale.

Workshop 1: Learning Agenda: Creating a Framework for Good Use of Public Information & Data Dialogue

Audience: Data requestors, agency and department policy implementers

Goal: Establish a Learning and Implementation Agenda that includes third sector sources

Workshop Themes:

  • Increase potential for public contribution to federal climate change data outlined in the Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking
  • Review federal understanding of third-sector data sources
  • Make sense and make use of third sector data
  • Examine how harmonizing community-structured contextual data could enhance its use in decision making with respect to climate change migration, adaptation, and mitigation
  • Scope the Chief Data Officer’s responsibilities in government spaces that relate to environmental protection and management, specifically as the responsibilities target the uptake and business case for third sector data integration

Workshop 2: Needs Assessment: Identifying Decision Making “Moments that Matter” with Third Sector Data Sources

Audience: Those responsible for information flow of multiple data sets within federal agencies, data stewards, and roles responsible for organizing and maintaining federal data

Goal: Identify resources and technologies needed to advance the data “moments that matter” - decision making that requires substantive input from various data sources.

Workshop Themes:

  • Review federal understanding of third-sector data sources
  • Examine how harmonizing community-structured contextual data could enhance its use in decision making with respect to climate change migration, adaptation, mitigation and environmental justice initiatives
  • Address resource-intensive data maintenance, updating, and access
  • Create data narratives that articulate the role of third sector data sources

Workshop 3: Prototyping: Technical Models for Good Use of Public Information

Audience: Data stewards and technical data maintainers

Goal: Highlight sociotechnical roles and needs for systems that integrate legacy data streams with third sector source data streams

Workshop Themes:

  • Review federal understanding of third-sector data sources
  • Concept and design harmonizing strategies around specific implementation differences between third sector source data
  • Create and contribute to a data governance plan for community data
  • Improve workflow for hyper-local / granular environmental datasets
In Summary
  • OEDP works in partnership with federal, state, and local employees interested in maintaining and upgrading environmental regulatory processes, data infrastructures, research and development, innovation offices and cross-agency task force efforts related to climate change and environmental justice.
  • Trainings are facilitated by OEDP and deeply informed by the situational needs of government data partners. Trainings can be adapted to apply to both scientific and regulatory agencies.
  • Trainings and materials are covered by Creative Commons licensing CC-BY-NC-SA so that they may be shared with other federal agencies and civic ecosystem actors  allowing for maximum public impact and fastest data interoperability.

We look forward to engaging with you and your team! Contact angela@openenvironmentaldata.org for more information.

[1] Third sector data is information generated using both formal and informal processes from NGOs, community science, and citizen science efforts, often incorporating DIY, low-cost and open source sensors at a local, hyper-granular scale.

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