Empowering Communities Through Data

The Regina Data for Good Chapter

Data For Good is a collective of do gooders, who want to use their powers for good, and not evil, to help make our communities better through data.

We help other not for profit, and non-governmental, organizations harness the power of their data to make more informed and better decisions in their quest to make their communities flourish.

Who we are

The team in Regina is led by Kevin Hayes and a host of other volunteers who are committed to making an impact through data in Regina.

We are a community of data professionals who provide pro-bono data analytics services to registered charities, non governmental  and not for profit organizations.

Our aim is to unlock insights which may be lurking within your data assets that can support your strategic planning activities and improve your operational efficiency.

How we can help

Many non-profit organizations collect data from a variety of sources during the normal course of operations, including details on funding, campaigns, resource allocation and the clients they serve. Over time all such systems accrue vast amounts of data that can support the organization’s strategic decision making.

In-house data can be combined with external data from open sources such as census and economic data from government repositories like Statistics Canada. On past engagements, clients have been interested in, for example,

  • understanding how to better target their donor base
  • analysing their volunteers and where best to engage them
  • optimising the locations of food banks

The output of our analysis is made up primarily of different types of visualisations. We use several types of tools ranging from Excel and Tableau to create charts and dashboards, to more sophisticated statistical software packages like R and Python for regression and time series analysis.

Data for Good can assist in a variety of ways depending on your needs. The engagement begins with a consultation with the Data Ambassador (the contact for the project) in order to assess how we can best add value and the feasibility of the engagement.

It is worth noting that you do not need to have any specific business questions in mind at the time of the engagement. Data for Good is often brought in for an undirected general exploration of trends and other interesting correlations that exist within the data. Usually this will then guide further analysis by prompting interest in drilling down deeper into specific subjects. Regular checkpoints with the client ensure that the ‘wheat’ remains separated from the ‘chaff’.

Regina Chapter Leads

Kevin Hayes
Kevin HayesRegina Chapter Lead
Maryna Moskalenko
Maryna MoskalenkoRegina Chapter Lead
Scott Wells
Scott WellsRegina Chapter Lead
Josh West
Josh WestRegina Chapter Lead

Forms

Project Intake Form
Volunteer Sign Up Form

Data Visualization Challenge

Data for Good in Saskatchewan is looking to engage the data community in a fun and educational way. This is for every person who is interested in data visualization, from newbie to seasoned vet.

The data viz challenge was launched on November 3rd and will wrap up in January. Anyone who wants to participate in the challenge, is welcome. From newbies to the seasoned vet, you can participate on your own or contact Scott Wells (details below) and request to be put on a team. The visualization challenge is meant to showcase the skills that the DfG community has right here in Saskatchewan, as well as help those looking to learn.

The outline of the challenge is listed below:

👉 Rules

  • You will be able to pick any dataset you want (see below list of example sources)
  • You are allowed to use any other additional datasets you choose to include (not necessary though)
  • You are allowed to use any BI or visualization tool
  • Your submission will be a single page in PDF format
  • You can work individually or as part of a team

👍 Additional information

For those that would like to be part of a team, or would like to learn from others, please contact scott.wells@dataforgood.ca to be placed with a team. It is helpful to know what skills you have, or are trying to learn to fit you with the appropriate team.

📊 Some datasets to get you going:

https://www.kaggle.com/datasets
https://data.fivethirtyeight.com/
Google Cloud Sources – https://bit.ly/31RIGEe
https://registry.opendata.aws/
Azure public datasets – https://bit.ly/31Qnhvf
https://www.gapminder.org/data/

Some of our Work in Regina

A sample of some of the organizations we’ve helped in the past.

United Way Regina

United Way Regina

Pro Bono Law

Saskatchewan

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

211

Saskatchewan

211 Regina

Early Years Family Centre

Early Years Family Centre

Want to learn more, click here to see our case studies.

Case Studies

Are you a Not For Profit or an Non
Governmental Organization with a need for
help with a data project?

We are always on the lookout for a new challenge.

Drop us a note here to see if we can help.

Contact Us

Upcoming Data for Good Events in Regina

Data at the Regina Food Bank

November 24 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Get Involved

Want to be part of the fun?   You don’t need to be a data scientist or a PHD, there’s lots of ways that you can get involved with Data for Good.

Volunteer
Sponsor
A Project