Data and Analytics Camp is part of re:power academy: our signature training program in grassroots organizing, technology, and campaign management.
- Date/Time: March 23-27, 2020
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Application Deadline: February 6
- Questions?: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data and Analytics Camp (DAC) is part of re:power Academy. DAC equips progressive leaders with the cutting edge data and analytics skills necessary to support electoral campaigns and issue based organizing. Applicants will be asked to commit to full participation of an intensive 5-day in-person training.
We pull from the best practices in data, analytics, engineering and organizing to help campaigners and activists build winning online and offline campaigns.
Our curriculum is grounded in a framework of inclusive politics: we center the leadership of people who’ve been traditionally shut out of tech roles — people of color, women, queer and trans folks, the working class and people living at the intersections of those identities. We get real about the ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and power shape our lives, tools and campaigns. Our approach to technology is defined by our communities’ wisdom: the needs of our people are the way to build power.
Attendance to this training is based on application due to the intimate size of the training. Acceptance is competitive. The majority of successful applicants have experience in electoral or issue organizing, can articulate the import of data-analytics to strategic decision making and have a clear understanding of the ways power-privilege shape the progressive space.
Training Details and Logistics
DAC will run from 8:00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. in Las Vegas with homework and optional activities in the evening.
Data and Analytics Camp is need-blind, and admissions decisions will be made without regard to ability to pay. You will be able to indicate through the application if you will need a scholarship to be able to attend. The regular cost to attend is $2,400 which includes all training materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages for the four days of the in-person training. Note that you should plan to arrange your own travel and lodging, which is not included in this price.
Please read on for more details regarding curriculum, ideal candidates for this training, and technical requirements. If you have remaining questions, please contact us here (email@example.com).
Curriculum and Trainers
Note: Curriculum and the training team are in development and will be adjusted to best meet the needs of participants, so details below may change.
Our trainers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including electoral and issue organizers at both the national and local levels, specializing in analytics, engineering, and data to support field and digital organizing.
At DAC, we cover a broad spectrum of material with learning objectives. The training includes a capstone project where participants will be expected to integrate the new skills they are learning.
Below is more of what you can expect.
- Craft a “path to victory” for an electoral or issue organizing campaign
- Create a strategic technical plan to link digital and field actions
- Understand the variety of field roles on a campaign and their tech needs
- Learn how data can support digital, communications, and fundraising
- Understand how electoral or issue data can be used to support long-term community building
Tech and Engineering
- Articulate the differences and limitations of voter database systems, SQL, Excel,
- Command Line and Python for data management
- Create GIS Maps
Explore the following based on your current skill-set:
- Link and standardize various datasets inside of Google sheets and Excel using formulas such as TRIM and VLOOKUP
- Build reporting documents that pull from multiple data resources
- Import data into a CRM
- Write a Python script to loop through a CSV and edit it’s contents
- Evaluate the capabilities of an API
- Understand how models are created and are used by electoral and issue campaigns.
- Evaluate the predictability of field models and how they could be used in a field campaign based on their predictability
- Create field reports for field directors, campaign managers or senior advisors
- Create analytics crosstabs of field results to gain insights into a campaign’s supporters
- Understand best practices for setting up testing and experiments
- Create a set of strategic outreach suggestions based on analytics reports
Strategic Data Support + Targeting
- Evaluate which tech skills are necessary to achieve a specific, rapid response data or analytics task to support a campaign
- Understand the differences between voter files in different states and counties
- Evaluate what data appends or enhancements can support organizing outcomes
Ideal candidates can come from all walks of life: data practitioners looking to sharpen their skills and complete beginners passionate about organizing are equally welcome. Here are some attributes shared by all our applicants:
Technical Aptitude: Whether you have experience in writing code or not, we are interested in organizers able to pick up new technical skills quickly and proficiently. If you like pulling things apart and fixing them with or without an instructional manual or if you naturally find yourself troubleshooting others tech issues, you may be a good fit.
Organizing Insight: You don’t need to be a professional politico, but we’re looking for applicants with experience doing organizing work on the ground. That work can be tied to grassroots, electoral, and/or issue organizing.
Dedication to Inclusive Politics and Intersectional Solutions: At re:power, we center race, class, gender and sexuality across all our trainings – it’s part of our practice of inclusive politics. We want organizers to be open to new ideas regarding it and to the ideas and contributions from their fellow organizers who will reflect our diverse communities.
There are a few technical requirements to attend DAC. If possible, we ask all accepted attendees to bring a laptop computer with a minimum 4 GBs of RAM, capable of connecting to the Internet and downloading applications. Windows machines, Macs and Unix boxes all welcome. If you do not have a laptop which fits all these criteria, there will be some available for use during the training.
What do people do with their DAC Training?
DAC Alumni have gone on to be national, regional and deputy data directors on presidential and national issue campaigns; engineers for grassroots organizations, non-profits, and tech companies; GIS and analytics directors for the White House and Federal Government; campaign managers, state directors, trainers and much more.