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Inclusive Data: Why It Matters for Underrepresented Groups and How Public Libraries Can Help
In our data-driven world, there is increasing need for communities to produce and use data effectively to better inform policy making and engage in civic action and dialogue. Just as public libraries have worked to support reading literacy and technology literacy, we also can ensure that all groups have opportunities to participate in the production, analysis, and use of data to address issues affecting their communities.
By providing community members with the skills and opportunities to participate in defining, understanding, and solving social problems through better data, libraries can enhance the role of these groups in informing policy-making, resource allocation, and overall assessment of communities’ well-being. In this course, public library staff will explore how they can support building community engagement to collaboratively develop programs that address social problems through getting better and more inclusive data.