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    How data sharing and storytelling can change the world

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    In this fireside chat, Kristi Mansfield, CEO of Seer Data & Analytics will speak to Antony Deck from the Office of Premier and Cabinet Tasmania, and Kylie Burgess from Burnie Works on the creation of a first-of-its-kind Tasmanian “data space” to enable whole-of-government data sharing to communities in Tasmania.

    Work has just commenced to deliver a pioneering Government to Community data sharing solution, powered by Seer Data & Analytics. The complete data sharing architecture will allow communities to align to the state’s Youth and Wellbeing Strategy and Indicator Framework, and to take actions to improve outcomes in their communities through data collaboration, data storytelling, shared measurement and learning.

    Burnie will be one of the first Tasmania communities to pilot the initiative, leading the way for others to follow when it is rolled out to communities across the State.

    Data capability building within communities is an integral part of the project, creating jobs and ensuring the ongoing sustainability of community-led data driven decision making.

    Antony, along with Kylie and others have been advocating for government to community data sharing for many years and are thrilled to be taking the first steps towards making it a reality.

    Why is data sharing with communities important?

    There is an enormous data divide between organisations that have access to data and AI and those who don’t.

    It’s not because the data doesn’t exist. It’s that it is not shared with the people who need it - the people who are making decisions on the ground to design programs and deliver services.

    This massive problem was highlighted by the pandemic when local data for decision-making was needed most. It is especially important now through the recovery.

    The good news is that macro shifts are occurring that point to now being a pivotal moment in time for shifting the power balance of data for societal benefit.

    Government bodies and other large data custodians globally are becoming more willing to share data with communities and are recognising data as a public asset, critical for driving innovation and effective decision-making.

    It is not the data itself that is important, but the stories the data can tell. By shifting the power of that storytelling and decision-making to those working at the grassroots of our communities, lives and outcomes can be improved, from which we all benefit.

    How are these macro shifts reflected in an Australian context?

    Australia’s first Data Strategy was launched on 14 December, 2021 by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet which recognises data as a key driver of the future economy and sets in place a national approach to enable its use, build trust and protect it.

    The vision is to create a national ecosystem of data that is accessible, reliable, and relevant and is able to be easily used to empower our national endeavour towards a data driven society.

    The Strategy ensures data can be leveraged to deliver services, promote competition, and generate better choices for Australians as individuals, business owners, and community groups. It also describes the way that the Australian Government protects data to minimise the potential for negative impacts and generate trust.

    The strategy sets the vision for Australians to have access to reliable and relevant data and to create a data-driven society by 2030.

    Through our work with all levels of Government, Not-for-profits, and communities, Seer Data & Analytics (Seer) has advocated strongly for easier access to data and data sovereignty for all. We know from our extensive work with people on the ground in communities that better and more informed decisions can be made when the barriers to accessing data are removed.

    Access to data, data sharing, and storytelling empowers communities with:

    • The tools to tell the stories that matter most
    • Knowledge of what’s working, what’s not, and what needs to change
    • The ability to efficiently distribute effort and investment
    • Sovereignty, Self-determination, and governance
    • Ownership of their narrative and their future
    • The power to improve lives and outcomes, and change the world at a local level

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