In early 2016, 40-50 data professionals and consumers from various fields came together to discuss the current state of data management in our community and to determine next steps to building a more robust data culture. As a result, a small all-volunteer working group formed to explore the possibility of establishing a community-wide people-centered data collaborative. This small group became the Alamo Regional Data Alliance Interim Steering Committee (ISC).
The Alamo Regional Data Alliance’s ISC spent over six months developing ARDA’s vision, mission, guiding principles, and governance model. Beyond laying the groundwork for ARDA, the ISC drafted a Community Strategy as a high-level but implementable plan towards achieving a data- driven community. This initial draft was the product of three facilitator-led work sessions where the ISC engaged in collaborative exercises to develop a shared vision, describe local data-related needs, and identify issues to consider as ARDA works to meet those needs over the next several years.
In March 2017, the ISC held a Vision-Phase Convening to introduce the Alamo Regional Data Alliance to a broader group of stakeholders and provide an opportunity to discuss and suggest refinements to the drafted Community Strategy. At this convening, over 65 data professionals, local leaders, and residents came together to shape San Antonio’s future as a data-driven community. The information gathered from these discussions was used to finalize ARDA’s 2017 Community Strategy ensuring that needs across the community were addressed. By advancing community-wide collaborative support for data-related programs and policies, ARDA is leading the Alamo Region toward becoming a truly data-driven community.
Check out the Convening materials below for more information:
Draft Product Vision Board
Ways to Get Involved
What's Needed for a Community to be Good at Using Data
CI:Now Fact Sheet