A local data partner can assist the data committee on assessing the current state of the community’s innovation ecosystem – with a focus on diversity and inclusivity. The data partner can be a person or an organization, and can provide services for a fee or in-kind. Local colleges and universities make ideal data partners.
The ideal data partner is:
- Familiar with the local community,
- Organized, and skilled at accessing information, and
- Considered the data expert for the innovation council.
The data partner should:
- Offer expertise and assistance to the data committee in the coordination, implementation, and communication of results of data collection tools,
- Work with the data committee and innovation council to identify innovation measures to track progress towards inclusive innovation over time, and
- Participate in all data committee and innovation council meetings.
Time commitment will vary:
- 15-60 hours (or more) per month during the data collection phases of the work, and
- 5-8 hours per month during the strategic planning process