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And the winners are...!

Tue, 2019-12-17 19:41

In partnership with Miriam’s Kitchen (MK)—a nonprofit dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC—Data Community DC hosted a “Data Made Me Donate” design challenge in November. A “Data Made Me Donate” visual design challenge crowdsources data visualizations and data art that can help build the capacity of nonprofits to communicate their value. This challenge was a virtual follow-up to a visualization hackathon sprint hosted by Data Visualization DC in February 2019.

For this challenge, participants were asked to develop a design concept that responds to one of two communication challenges:

  1. “The Cost of Inaction”: How does MK’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) services: a) save the District and taxpayers money, and b) improve the overall quality of life for both the chronically homeless and DC residents (e.g., landlords, business owners, neighborhoods in which PSH units are located)?
  2. “Housing is Health”: MK views housing as a baseline social determinant that makes other opportunities like education and jobs possible. How has MK, a) improved the overall quality of life for the individuals it serves, and b) what data might MK use as a proxy to benchmark and illustrate its impact when current data on the impact of its peer organizations are not publicly available?
And the Winners are… FIRST PLACE.

We are pleased to announce that Jack Ploshnick has won the second Data Made Me Donate design challenge! His winning design visualizes the positive impact MK’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) services have made on a number of social, economic, health, and wellness outcomes such as decreased use of emergency services. MK provides PSH services to over 176 individuals so that they are quickly housed and do not fall back into homelessness. Once clients are matched with housing, MK serves as a coordinator and advocate between clients, their landlords and service providers. Case managers also support clients’ goals for returning to an active, more self-sufficient life in the wider community.

Jack Ploshnick is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and a Data Analyst at Acumen LLC. He is passionate about Data Visualization, Natural Language Processing, and using data to improve Public Policy.

SECOND PLACE.

Our second place winners, Team Ward 2 Nomads—Anees Merzi and Dania Merzi—developed an infographic that underscores the critical need for MK’s Street Outreach Program in Ward 2 where Miriam’s Kitchen is based. With limited access to shelters in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and the National Mall, MK’s outreach team brings its high-quality case management and housing services to wherever individuals experiencing homelessness might be.

Dania Merzi is a data-driven decision maker that appreciates products that tell a story at first glance. After holding multiple roles at Dell, she took a pause to take care of her family. She looks forward to picking up where she left off soon.

Anees Merzi is currently an active duty Captain in the Army and a graduate of West Point. After returning to the Academy, his family has decided that it is a symbolic time to write their next life chapter outside of the military. They are excited for the future.

We’re excited to unveil and feature the winning designs at Data Community DC events and publications in the new year! In the meantime, we hope the winners spend their prize money ($600 and $300, respectively) wisely this holiday season!

Miriam’s Kitchen: A Hospitable Neighbor in Foggy Bottom

Join the movement to build a kinder community that looks out for all of our neighbors–including those experiencing homelessness. Miriam’s Kitchen work to end long term homelessness in DC relies on the generous support of people like you and me. Due to Miriam’s Kitchen advocacy and direct services, it has helped decrease chronic homelessness by 22 percent since 2013.

Please consider making a generous contribution today to Miriam’s Kitchen, and it will be matched 1:1 (up to $100,000) by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Help Miriam’s Kitchen meet its $250,000 goal!

Virtual Event: A “Data Made Me Donate” Visual Design Challenge!!!!

Tue, 2019-10-29 17:33
WHAT IS A “DATA MADE ME DONATE” DESIGN CHALLENGE?

A “Data Made Me Donate” visual design challenge crowdsources data visualizations and data art that can help build the capacity of nonprofits to communicate their value.

This challenge is a virtual follow-up to a visualization hackathon sprint hosted by Data Visualization DC in February 2019 to benefit local DC nonprofit, Miriam’s Kitchen.

Winners will receive:
  • Cyber Monday Spending Cash: $500 (First Prize), $250 (Second Prize), $100 (Third Prize)
  • Exposure to Help Build Your Professional Portfolio: Winners will be featured and profiled in a DC2 blog post on Medium and receive full attribution in any media coverage, publications, fundraising campaigns, funding proposals, or social media posts produced by Miriam’s Kitchen or members of the DC2 community that references a winning design. Winners will also be invited to formally present their designs at a DC2 Meetup event.
  • Design Research and Data Science Experience to Help Build Your Resume: All finalists will be invited to join a brand-spanking new DC2 design research team to study relationships between visual design; data science; and evidence-based policymaking, program implementation, and charitable giving. The team will work together to develop research proposals, design and execute quick turn-around studies, and disseminate our findings to multiple technical and non-technical audiences. This is a great opportunity to develop hands-on experience and marketable skills across the full lifecycle of design research and data science projects. If our funding proposals are successful, you will be compensated for your contributions to the team!
  • Heaps of public praise and good karma
KEY DATES

Entries will be accepted through Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:59pm ET via a submission form that will go live on Monday, November 4, 2019.

A live Q&A will be hosted on Tuesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30-7:30PM ET. Please RSVP to the challenge on the Meetup event page to receive the Google Hangouts calendar invitation.

  • Public Voting: A public voting window will be open for 24 hours: Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:00AM ET – Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8:59AM ET. The design challenge and voting form will be marketed on the DC2 network (Meetup group announcements, blog, newsletter, Twitter, LinkedIn), Medium, and the Miriam’s Kitchen email list. You are encouraged to help spread the word by sharing the voting form with your personal and professional networks once it’s released.
  • Finalists: Miriam’s Kitchen staff will select the first, second and third place winners from the top 10 most popular designs.
  • Winner Announcement: The design challenge winners will be announced on Monday, December 2, 2019 in a blog post cross-disseminated by DC2 and Miriam’s Kitchen. Prize money will also be dispersed to the winners on December 2.
THE CHALLENGE

Miriam’s Kitchen (MK) is working to end chronic homelessness in our nation’s capital. MK provides meals, case management services and works in partnership with other community organizations to place individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in permanent supportive housing.

For this design challenge, you are tasked with developing a design concept that demonstrates MK’s value in terms of the depth, breadth, quality, and impact of its service delivery for the most vulnerable homeless population—the chronically homeless—using datasets that have been curated for you.

We are looking for novel ideas to help Miriam’s Kitchen wrestle with the difficulty of:

  1. Illustrating the magnitude and pervasiveness of chronic homelessness in the Nation’s capital relative to the availability of services, shelters and housing
  2. Compelling an emotional response to galvanize public and private financial support
  3. Conveying the quality of MK’s services which is largely measured and reported qualitatively
  4. Contextualizing or benchmark MK’s effectiveness relative to other homeless service providers—that work collectively not competitively to end chronic homelessness

Particpants should develop a design concept that responds to one of two design challenges:

  1. “The Cost of Inaction”: How does MK’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) services: a) save the District and taxpayers money, and b) improve the overall quality of life for both the chronically homeless and DC residents (e.g., landlords, business owners, neighborhoods in which PSH units are located)?
  2. “Housing is Health”: MK views housing as a baseline social determinant that makes other opportunities like education and jobs possible. How has MK, a) improved the overall quality of life for the individuals it serves, and b) what data might MK use as a proxy to benchmark and illustrate its impact when current data on the impact of its peer organizations are not publicly available?
RESOURCES

Datasets and resources related to this challenge are available here, including:

  • A slide deck describing MK’s work, the design challenge and curated datasets
  • Curated MK and Federal datasets
  • MK's style guide and logo
  • Background information to help you learn more about chronic homelessness in Washington, DC
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Feel free to work individually or as a team
  • You don’t have to be a data scientist to play! This event is open to all regardless of your level of data visualization experience, background, training or profession—including anyone interested in learning more about developing compelling visualizations that can support evidence-based policymaking and program implementation. We especially welcome and encourage interdisciplinary teams and highly value non-technical experience and interest such as: graphic design, art, public policy, sociology, community activism, social justice, advocacy and non-profit management.
  • Works-in-progress, prototypes and fully-formed design concepts and all forms of expression (e.g., infographic, interactive visualization, storyboard, fact sheet, mobile app) are all welcome. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We’re not pursuing perfection; we’re on the hunt for fresh, creative perspectives.
  • Use the medium or platform of your choosing (e.g., D3, RShiny, Tableau, paper and pencil) as along as your entry reflects or is inspired by real data related to the design challenge (you are free to research and use data that we have not already provided for you).
  • Please publicly post any questions you may have about the challenge, the data, or resources as comments on the event page on Meetup so that all participants can benefit from the responses.
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