Vermont Insights eNews, May 2016, Issue 3

Cherry blossom artwork, from children in the Family Center of Washington County, brightened the entrance of the annual meeting space.

Cherry blossom artwork, from children in the Family Center of Washington County, brightened the entrance of the annual meeting space.

Highlights from the Annual Meeting, April 11, 2016

On April 11 Vermont Insights celebrated two milestones: the unveiling of Vermont Insights V2.0 and the Fifth Annual Data Stewards and Stakeholders meeting.  

About 100 people attended the meeting to talk about innovative data practices and how to align, share and use data over time and across sectors for the well-being of Vermont’s communities, children and families. What was most striking from the beginning to the end of the day was how engaged and focused people were. People were leaning in, absorbing, thinking and talking.

The new and improved Vermont Insights V2.0.

The new and improved Vermont Insights V2.0.

One of the things people talked about was Vermont Insights V2.0, unveiled at the meeting. Click here to explore the new and updated features, as well as the fresh look.

The take away from this year’s meeting is that stakeholder engagement remains essential to collaboration, innovation, and making good decisions about our data assets, needs and infrastructure. It’s all about creating the space for dialogue on topics that are meaningful to multiple stakeholders. And, there’s always room for improvement and new ideas.

Highly satisfied 

Attendees exploring Vermont Insights V2.0.

Attendees exploring Vermont Insights V2.0.

Over 96 percent of reviewers, captured in a post-meeting survey, rated this year’s meeting in the top range for overall satisfaction.

One responder wrote, “The day was well-organized, and the revamped Vermont Insights is FANTASTIC! Congratulations all around on the design and functionality.” 

Growing Vermont Insights

The true value of Vermont Insights comes from data shared by state agencies and organizations, but getting commitments to share data is difficult and time consuming.

Survey responders addressed the need for sharing and the difficulties, writing, “All agencies across Vermont share similar struggles with updating, maintaining, and sharing data. VT INSIGHTS is really providing creativity and support to make this transition to shared data easier and more efficient.”

Michael Moser, from the Vermont State Data Center, outlines opportunities and challenges in Vermont Insights' future.

Michael Moser from the Vermont State Data Center, outlines opportunities and challenges in Vermont Insights’ future.

The future of Vermont Insights

Building Bright Futures is seeking funding for all of its programs, including Vermont Insights, so they can grow into the future. This survey responder expresses the sentiment of other attendees, writing, “There is a hunger/thirst for data in the state; wish more policy makers/funders could have been there to see that.”

Other attendees stepped-up by signing commitment cards. Of the total attendees, 36 percent made a written commitment to use, embed, partner or share data with Vermont Insights.  The more data is shared, the easier it is for all agencies, communities and others to share in the value of Vermont Insights.  

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