Data is a powerful tool to spark systems change. However, we need to mobilize that data in policy and practice to truly drive the social sector forward.
In this webinar, partners in the Data2Action project Dr. Alina Turner, Carrie McManus (IMPACT) and Lana Wells (SHIFT) will discuss the role that shared data plays in building community capacity for systems change, ensuring sustainability, and building a more person-centred response to ending Domestic & Sexual Violence.
In this webinar, you will learn:
Why shared data matters in conversations about prevention and systems change.
The importance of building community capacity to mobilize and activate data.
How shared data can support a more proactive response to complex social issues.
Lana Wells (she/her)
Brenda Strafford Chair, Prevention of Domestic Violence at the University of Calgary
Lana Wells is Associate Professor and the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Alberta where she is leading Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. Shift’s purpose is to develop, implement and scale-up best and promising primary prevention practices, strategies and actions in partnership with government, systems, community leaders, and NGOs with the goal of preventing violence and advancing equality.
Lana has held over 7 million in research funding/grants and has received numerous awards. She was bestowed the Alberta Inspiration Award in Leadership in Family Violence, recognized as a PEAK scholar from the University of Calgary, received the John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action/Policy from the Alberta College of Social Workers and honoured in the YW’s She Who Dares 150 Women Project. Lana loves to collaborate with leaders from diverse disciplines and sectors and works closely on organizational and system change processes within government and the not-for-profit sector. Lana has advised, consulted and partnered with all orders of government in Canada on prevention research and social policy. Her current research interests include engaging and mobilizing men and male-dominated spaces in violence prevention and gender equality, advancing collective impact and systems change to stop violence, and advancing innovation in the not-for-profit sector by going beyond programs and policy change.Read
Director of Innovation & Programs at Sagesse
Carrie McManus breaks down barriers and embraces change as the Director of Innovation and Programs at Sagesse. Her natural curiosity and passion for eradicating domestic violence allow her to ask “what if” when developing initiatives that change long-standing beliefs and empower individuals, organizations and communities to disrupt the structure of domestic violence.
Through Carrie’s leadership, Sagesse has grown beyond its grassroots foundation. She has supported the development of new programs and initiatives that take a closer look at the unique needs of rural and remote survivors of domestic violence and build the capacity of friends and family to recognize and respond to individuals experiencing domestic violence in their communities. In addition to creating programs to meet diverse needs, Carrie has created a contemporary way of thinking about revolutionizing the way Sagesse and other organizations approach program design, which has helped secure Sagesse as a well-respected domestic violence agency across Alberta and around the world. Her innovative approach to service delivery, especially when tackling a difficult topic such as domestic violence, has caught the attention of individuals and organizations beyond Alberta’s borders. She continuously advocates for research, development, and innovation in the non-profit sector, and works closely with organizations in a variety of industries to use Sagesse’s organizational design ideas to uncover growth opportunities, shift paradigms and establish new ways of working. With this work in mind, Carrie spearheaded the creation of ByDesign, a social enterprise dedicated to stimulating real change by challenging the status-quo and breaking down the barriers to allow organizations in any sector to reach their full potential by shifting their thinking to an innovation-based model. Carrie has over 20 years of experience in strategic and program development, small business management, facilitation and education. She started her social work career with Mount Royal University’s Stepping Up program, a peer-led domestic violence program in Calgary; Carrie then transitioned into her role with Sagesse. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University in Halifax and a Diploma of Social Work from Mount Royal University in Calgary.Read
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Baker
Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary
Liz is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD in experimental psychology from Kent State University. Her work focuses on promoting youth health, preventing domestic violence, school-based suicide prevention, e-health, and program evaluation. She also works alongside policymakers to help inform evidence-based decision-making for social issues.
Liz has 7+ years of experience planning research studies, managing projects, and working with data, including but not limited to data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, interpretation, and knowledge translation. Part of her expertise is using theory and empirical evidence to drive research questions and then selecting the appropriate methods (data collection, data analysis) to answer those questions.Read
Dr. Alina Turner
Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker
Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.
Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for A Way Home Canada and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work are grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.