How does a large, international non-governmental organization evolve to use data for good? Most importantly, how do we do so in a intersectional and feminist way? We'll present two examples of how Oxfam America is building a data culture grounded in intersectional feminist principles: a staff-led initiative to upskill any interested employee in data work, and the research department's use of data to drive discussion on the social justice issues that Oxfam advocates about.
Amy Hood (she/her) is currently a Program Specialist, Program Data Systems and Analysis at Oxfam America. Her work focuses on applying feminist principles to every step of the data lifecycle, while building user-centered data products like dashboards and reports. She co-founded Data Pack, a staff-led community of practice dedicated to staff who work with data, which has trained dozens in everything from quantitative data analysis to feminist data ethics. She is an avid student of examining and dismantling power in data work.
Nick Galasso is currently Head of Research at Oxfam America. He leads a team of researchers covering a broad range of issues, including poverty and inequality; gender justice; climate change; humanitarian response; corporate accountability; and sustainable livelihoods. Galasso is the main researcher for Oxfam’s work on economic inequality. He focuses on the intersection of elites, extreme wealth, and political capture. In 2014, he co-authored the Oxfam report calculating that the richest eighty-five people in the world have the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity. Prior to working for Oxfam, Galasso taught international relations and political economy at Chestnut Hill College and the University of Delaware. His work has been published in the journals Global Policy and Foreign Policy Analysis and he regularly writes for Oxfam’s Politics of Poverty blog. He holds a PhD in Global Governance.