Data for Democracy

As Myanmar continues its dramatic democratic transition, there is an urgent need and opportunity to elevate data and evidence-based decision making when tackling social challenges. From education and health to employment and civic engagement, the country’s civil society organizations (CSOs) and government are eagerly pursuing large-scale changes for transformative impact. These entities need good data, data analytics capabilities, and tools to make data accessible and usable by a diverse range of stakeholders, including the public. This project, in partnership with the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF) and the Myanmar Book Aid Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), aims to build the data capacities of key organizations in the country through the world’s first Tableau Data Fellowship dedicated entirely to governance and democratic participation. Fellows will learn—and eventually teach—new methods to collect, manage, analyze, and visualize data, as well as opening up data for sharing publicly in responsible and meaningful ways. The first phase of this project brings together a cohort of representatives from various organizations to learn new skills and exchange ideas. Through trainings, workshops, and other activities, the cohort will address data needs, the design of effective data collection methods, data analysis, and the creation of data visualizations that highlight key findings and enable evidence-based decision making. This project is made possible by the generous support of the Tableau Foundation, an initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems through fellowships that help non-profits build data capabilities from the grassroots up.


People & Organizations

  • Project Team
  • Partners
  • Chris Coward, Principal Research Scientist & TASCHA Director, Information School
  • Chris Rothschild, Senior Research Scientist, Information School
  • Sara Curran, Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies & Director, UW Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Mike Crandall, Principal Research Scientist, Information School
  • Sheryl Day, Ph.D. Candidate, Information School
  • Gennie Gebhart, Student, Information School
  • Lucas Koepke, Data Analyst, Information School