Do you have experience in working alongside community partners in data analysis or program evaluation? Do you want to connect with others who are using their skills for public good? Statistics in the Community (STATCOM), in collaboration with the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) and the Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC), invite you to attend the 3rd annual Data for Public Good Symposium hosted by the Michigan Institute for Data and AI in Society (MIDAS). The symposium will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and will showcase the many research efforts and community-based partnerships at U-M that focus on improving humanity by using data for public good.

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Abstract Submissions -NOW CLOSED-

We invite you to share your expertise with us by submitting an abstract in one of the following areas:
  • Demonstration of a completed or ongoing community-university partnership
  • New methodology and tools that provide a service to humanity
  • Real-world applications of using data for philanthropy or public good
Submission Deadline: December 6, 2019 by 11:59 pm.  Please submit your abstract online, you can submit when you register.

Submission Format and Procedure: Please include a title, a list of authors and presenters, and their affiliations. At least one author should have a U-M affiliation. The main body of the abstract should be no more than 300 words and should include a brief summary of the partnership or research and methods, main results, and impact. Please do not include figures, tables, or a bibliography in the abstract.  Please indicate whether you prefer an oral presentation or poster. Oral presentations will be 15 minutes in length and may consist of one or multiple presenters. The Data for Public Good Committee will try their best to accommodate your preference. Teams will be notified no later than December 13th.


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10:00 - 10:30 · Registration and Networking · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

Please check in at the Weiser Hall, 10th floor registration table to receive your name badge and program. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

10:30 - 11:30 · Research Discussions I · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

Science for the People: A Vision for Data Serving Grassroots Campaigns
Alice Lesemann-Elliott; School for Environment and Sustainability

Designing and Evaluating Hierarchical Healthcare Networks to Improve Access
Adam VanDeusen; Industrial and Operations Engineering

Analyzing Barriers to Accessing Medication-Assisted Therapy in Detroit for Opioid Use Disorder
Marina Haque; Michigan Medical School, School of Public Health

How Social Work Can Provide a Framework for Navigating the Joy and Urgency of Today’s Troubling Times
Chidimma Ozor; School of Social Work

Implementing a Dynamic Data Dashboard to Support Program Outreach and Track Trends
Cathy Hearn and Riley Stone; Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research

11:30 - 1:00 · Workshop: Data Driven Detroit · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

Understanding and Applying Census Data:  Learn about data collection, dissemination, and storytelling related to the 2020 Census.

Please join us for workshop from our partners at Data Driven Detroit.

1:00 - 02:00 · Lunch & Poster Session · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

  • Network-Based Matching of Patients and Targeted Therapies for Precision Oncology
  • TransPRECISEProteomics-based Network Modeling of Pan-cancer Human and Cell Line Interactome
  • The Economic Burden of Hantavirus in Chile Estimated Using Disease Adjusted Life Years and the Value of Statistical Life
  • Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals differences in transcriptomic profiles of normal mammary cells between African American and European American women
  • Prekindergarten classroom organization: Variation across children within classrooms and relations to learning gains
  • Tyrosine Hydroxylase Expression in Chronically Stressed Ovariectomized Rats
  • The Experience of Diabetes and Weightloss in Genessee County Residents
  • Policy predictors of domestic-violence shooting incidence in the United States, 2014-2019
  • Public Perception in Newspapers and Institutional Sterilization Frequency in the 20th Century United States
  • Consensus Conferences as a Tool for Scientific Engagement
  • Mississippi Lead in Drinking Water Project
  • Developing Program Evaluation Strategy for Michigan Mellon ArcPrep and Detroit Public School Students
  • Developing Community-Academic Partnerships to Examine Local Food Environments in Detroit
  • Analysis of the collection process of the city of Dearborn’s residential recycling program

2:00 - 2:30 · Symposium Organizer Presentations · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

Come learn about STATCOMCTACCEDER, and the many data for public good organizations across the university.

2:30 - 3:30 · Research Discussions II · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

Development of Sustainable Sources of Clean Water and Sanitation Curricula in Rural Pakistan through Paani and Community Partners
Shaheryar Syed; School of Public Health
F.E.M.M.E.S. engages middle school girls to increase their confidence and exploration of STEM
Sarah Landes, Hillary Miller, and Paige Prizlow; F.E.M.M.E.S., University of Michigan
Enhancing Opioid Overdose Response Strategies in Detroit, Michigan
Jason Goldstick, Amanda Kogowski, and Zaire Totty; University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

Pesticide Exposure Levels and Disease Biomarkers among Northern Thailand Farmworkers
Chanese Forte; Environmental Health Sciences and Scientific Computing

The Flint Water Crisis: Data-Driven Solutions & Transparency
Jared Webb; University of Michigan and BlueConduit

3:30 - 4:30 · Reception and Closing Remarks · 10th Floor, Weiser Hall

Please join us for light refreshments and some closing remarks (details forthcoming).

About the Organizers

STATCOM is a community outreach organization offering the expertise of statistics graduate students – free of charge – to nonprofit governmental and community organizations. CTAC is a community-university partnership convened to serve a universal need identified by community partners around data and evaluation. CEDER is a School of Education center devoted exclusively to offering high-quality designs, evaluations, and research on teaching, learning, leadership, and policy at multiple levels of education. This symposium is part of our effort to bring together university organizations that promote similar ideals and individuals whose research provides a service for the greater good.
This event is sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Data and AI in Society, the SPH Dean’s Fund, and the Rackham Student Government.