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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference kicks off NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features OVER 30 sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society of New York).
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Saturday, March 2 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
FPWA's Federal Funds Tracker - An Open Data and Advocacy Tool for NYC

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Following the 2016 election, FPWA member agencies expressed grave concern about the impact of federal fiscal policies on NYC’s social services budget and sector. Our members — many of whom have been fighting poverty on the frontlines for more than a century – rely on federal to provide care for older adults, children, people living with mental illness, persons with physical disabilities, the justice-involved, survivors of domestic violence, and more. In response, we created the FPWA Federal Funds Tracker. The Tracker is an interactive website that demystifies the federal budget by organizing federal budget data into accessible and interactive visualizations, brings the data to life with stories of New Yorkers whose quality of life was improved by federal support, and provides actionable information to encourage advocacy and engagement in the federal budget process, such as by defending against proposed federal budget cuts, and by supporting proposals to strengthen programs. During this session, FPWA will introduce the website and walk users through the open data features, using a Brooklyn-based nonprofit service provider as an example of the ways in which individuals and service providers can use the data to supplement their existing federal budget education and advocacy campaigns with actionable and compelling data.

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Derek Thomas

Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst, FPWA

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Sunset Park 302 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013