The importance of data during a pandemic

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Dig into the importance, challenges, and opportunities of data-sharing between government and nonprofits in our new webinar: The importance of data during a pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many hardships, but it also brings our sector the unique opportunity to improve community and social programming by rebuilding more equitable systems. How can we rebuild more equitable systems? By sharing data between government and nonprofits. 

From daily counts on cases, testing, ICU admissions across the globe – having accurate – and disaggregated – data on the prevalence and outcomes of COVID-19 makes a significant impact. Without accurate information, we can’t understand how big of a problem we’re facing and what it will take to solve it. While the problem of data gaps is highlighted during times of emergency, data (and the lack of it) impacts decisions affecting the lives and livelihoods of all of us, each and every day. Join our fireside chat with Chief Privacy Officer, John Roberts, and Program Director, Vanessa Parlette, to learn how your nonprofit can leverage data-sharing to help ensure an equitable recovery for all.

Here’s what you can expect in this webinar:

  • Discuss how data-sharing can help rebuild more equitable systems through transition and recovery
  • Discover how COVID-19 affects data-sharing needs, plans, and privacy protections
  • Learn how you can engage provincial and federal government leaders in identifying opportunities for collaboration around data infrastructure and data-sharing with nonprofit sector
  • Explore potential partnerships between government and nonprofit leaders to co-design solutions to shared policy or social challenges through new applications of data-sharing
  • Hear a live question and answer session with Chief Privacy Officer, John Roberts, and Program Director, Vanessa Parlette


John Roberts
John Roberts is the Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services since September 2015. He has over twenty-five years of experience ranging from operational, policy and senior leadership roles to government information management and digital government initiatives, in both the New Zealand and Ontario public services. His extensive knowledge of information management and privacy protection has contributed to his numerous achievements, which include: successfully creating and leading the policy design and implementation of new public recordkeeping legislation in New Zealand; supporting major organizational change in the New Zealand public sector; and leading strategic engagement with New Zealand state sector agencies to improve information and privacy management. Since arriving in Ontario he has overseen the development of the OPS Recordkeeping, Access and Privacy Transformation Strategy, the Archives of Ontario’s successful Ontario 150 commemoration program, and been part of multi-ministry leadership on enterprise data integration work.

Vanessa Parlette
Vanessa Parlette Phd is Program Director of the Data Policy Coalition at Powered by Data, where she works with 40+ nonprofit advocacy groups, service providers, and funders to advance a collective nonprofit voice on data policy. Additionally, as Senior Associate at Social Impact Advisors she builds processes and pathways to guide organizations and collectives define the social impact they aim to achieve and build the strategies to get them there. She brings 13 years of experience working across community and government sectors in developing, implementing, and managing evidence-based and community-driven policies and collect impact strategies towards health and social equity – alongside diverse partners from grassroots to senior leadership. 

June 23, 2020

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