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Ann Willemssen

The Secret to Successful Data Governance: Change Management

If you are trying to stand up a data governance practice within your organization and wonder why it isn’t getting a lot of traction, you may be overlooking a critical piece to your implementation—change management. ...
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Building Affordable Housing to Stabilize Schools

This past January UPD kicked off a project in partnership with the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) funded through a Fannie Mae Innovation Challenge Grant. (See a video of our CEO Doug...
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Data Challenges in the Times of COVID-19: Data Governance is Essential

This post was written in partnership with Cali Stringer. Data governance is the decision-making glue that connects data technicians, data analysts, data users, and education leaders together. And during a time of rapid changes caused…
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Data Governance Guidance & Tools

Thoughtful design and execution of a data governance practice can greatly streamline your organization’s data processes, improve alignment between technical and program staff, enhance data quality, and most importantly, reduce the frustration that comes from…
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Implementing Early Childhood (PDG B-5) State Plans 

As states receiving Preschool Development Grant (PDG B-5) funds from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) complete their needs assessments and strategic plans, they should already be thinking about implementation. Proposals for…
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Getting the Most Out of the Preschool Development Grant Opportunity

The new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) put out by the US Department of Health and Human Services presents an exciting opportunity to get public sector planning right. The grant provides funds…
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Putting the “Drive” in “Data-Driven”

While Harvard Business Review’s latest article “Companies are Failing in Their Efforts to Become Data-Driven” focuses on investments in big data and artificial intelligence made by large corporations, we see the same issues at play…
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Strategies for Being Strategic

We were excited to see Graham Kenney’s Harvard Business Review article “Six Steps to Making Your Strategic Planning Strategic.” He hits on one of the common issues we see clients struggle with in their strategic…
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Early Adopters and Journey Mapping: A Guide to the User Experience

Early adopters can teach us a lot about the usability of a new technology system. We can collect detailed feedback on user experience (UX) by utilizing Design Thinking techniques — in particular Journey Mapping —…
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Stuck in the 80s

Although I have over 25 years of for-profit corporate America experience, I am not one to think that we should leverage everything from the business field to the education field. However, I do think there…
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