What is Open Up?
Open Up is Youthful Cities’ Open Data Literacy + Activation Program that builds open data capacity in the youth-serving sector by empowering organizations and their changemakers with tools to activate open data in order to enhance their organization’s impact.
Open data is an expansive and growing resource that can be utilized to inform better decision-making, policy-building, and programming. The problem is that it is often not very accessible.
In 2022, over the course of 10 weeks 10 organizations throughout Canada embarked together on an open data journey to learn how to find, utilize, and tell meaningful stories with data to better support the young people they serve.
The Open Up program is highly adaptable and can be customized to fit the needs of your organization. If your organization would benefit from open data training, get in touch with us.
Through the 10-week program, all participants were able to increase their skills in these 3 key areas, while additionally learning the tools to better understand and integrate open data into their daily operations. When asked about the main challenges in integrating open data into their work, one organization responded: “The technical know-how to process and aggregate data, and finally the visualization and telling the story. These are all skills that we can benefit from acquiring across the team.”
Open Up History
Open Up was launched in partnership with RBC Future Launch in the summer of 2021. The program has since trained 2 cohorts made up of 17 youth-serving organizations, including non profits, social enterprises, and volunteer-run start-ups, across Canada.
Listening to the feedback from our first cohort, we introduced four optional networking sessions throughout the 10-week program to foster dialogue, community and collaboration with the new group of participants.
After two successful runs of Open Up, there is proof of how organizations can leverage external open data to underscore the importance of their work, develop their programming in response to what the data is saying, and more!
Looking towards the future of Open up, we plan to:
- Expand programming to include single-session workshops for organizations.
- Integrate course materials into an online learning platform.
- Identify and develop software partnerships.
- Strengthen the Open Up community through more networking sessions with all past and current participants.
- Run collaborative events or brainstorm sessions with organizations.
- Create open data solutions for organizations that need quick assistance or who lack the capacity to do the training.
These are snapshots of the data products participants created after completing the Open Up program. More can be found in the official PDF report.