Podcast host Peter Eckart joined Jeff Jaynes, Executive Director at Restore Hope Ministries, and Aaron Bean, Managing Partner at Asemio, in Tulsa, Oklahoma during a site visit for their DASH CIC-START project, which is applying analytics technology to analyze the overlap between individuals who require basic needs assistance (eg. rent, food, utilities, etc.) and those whose children attend early childhood centers. The project utilizes an innovative technology that allows for analysis of personally identifiable information while preserving clients’ privacy. The results are informing collaborative efforts to knit together programs and services to create a seamless continuum of support for Tulsa’s families.
- Read about their DASH CIC-START project and the lead organization, Restore Hope Ministries.
- Learn about the AssistOK consortium, which includes over 15 basic needs organizations working together to establish a shared client data management system.
- Register for the All In National Meeting to hear this project team present about their lessons learned, along with many other communities across the country!
Takeaways from the Interview
In the words of Jeff Jaynes and Aaron Bean…
1. Consider starting with de-identified data as a first step
“This technology allowed us to get our hands on data and information very fast in a manner that both protects the vulnerable population and allows us to answer a question. Then that becomes the catalyst to motivate the organizations to get the data sharing agreements in place to further the research.”
2. Be willing to listen to outside voices when implementing system changes
“There were processes that we needed to change, and we were used to those processes. In some cases we had to be willing to change our system, but we also had to be willing to let other voices make those changes. We had to say, what works best? Not what works for us, but what’s the best thing for this project?”
3. Start with a small and agile group during the initial beta testing phase
“There are many ways you can start too big, but I don’t know that there’s any way you can start too small. It is much easier to iterate on challenges with a small group and learn quickly and then replicate that with a larger group later.”