Presentations and discussion

Networking and connecting

Learning and workshops

Countdown to Data Day 2024!








Data Day Registration

This year marks the 10th Data Day! Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd. Click the button below to register today!

Apply for a Data Dream today!

Have you ever wished your organization had more information or data about your work or the people you serve? A Data Dream is an opportunity for an organization to move beyond limitations created by a lack of information, limited capacity to interpret data already collected, or a combination of both.  Data You Can Use staff will work with you over the next 3-9 months to help bring your data dream to life! Applications are due July 19th.

Do you want to support Data Day?

Sponsorships are now available on a first-come, first-served basis! Don’t miss your opportunity to support Data You Can Use and our mission of advancing community access to data.

Have a data project to share, but want to keep it short?

One of the most popular parts of Data Day are the Ignite Presentations: 5-minute, timed mini-talks that put you and your data work in the spotlight! Click below to fill out an interest form. Submit your idea by July 19th.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2024

Time: Data Day is an all day community event for learning and connecting. Check back soon for exact times!

Where: Italian Community Center – 631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI

Agenda: Coming soon!

Keynote Speaker

Jesse Von Tol, President and CEO – National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)

Jesse Van Tol is NCRC’s President and CEO. He has been with NCRC since 2006 and has held a variety of leadership positions, eventually becoming chief executive in 2018. His work championing fair and responsible banking has resulted in nearly $300 billion in new investments in low- and moderate-income communities through Community Benefits Agreements with banking institutions. Through his leadership, NCRC has grown today to an organization with assets of nearly $150 million and an annual budget of $35 million.

Jesse is a popular speaker and lecturer, and has testified before Congress, and appeared on NPR, in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, POLITICO and many other outlets. He also sits on a variety of advisory boards, including the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Affordable Housing Advisory Councils. He is a member of the consumer advisory councils of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, TRUIST, Fifth Third, Huntington National Bank, First Horizon, KeyBank, Quicken Loans, Santander and numerous others. Jesse was also a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action, an international human rights group, and a communications institute Fellow with Opportunity Agenda.

Jesse received his bachelor’s degree in History and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received an executive education certificate from the Harvard Kennedy school as part of NeighborWorks’ Achieving Excellence.

What is Data Day?

Data Day is an annual event, hosted by Data You Can Use, which provides an opportunity for leaders from neighborhoods, nonprofits, universities, the public sector, and beyond to better understand what data are available, the implications of data on community revitalization, and how to increase connections between research and practice. Data Day 2024 will be Milwaukee’s 10th annual Data Day celebration, and our theme this year is Measures and Movements: Using Data to Spark Change. We hope you can join us!

Learn about past Data Days!

2023 - Journey to Justice: Using Data for Systems Change in Milwaukee

Data Day 2023 took place on October 18th at the Italian Community Center, with 300 attendees. The theme was “Journey to Justice: Using Data for System chance in Milwaukee.” Our two keynote speakers were Cashauna Hill and Dr. Tonya Howard Calhoun. Cashauna Hill is the Executive Director of the Redress Movement, and previously served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center. The Redress Movement is committed to leading a multi-racial movement that empowers communities to take director action to redress racial segregation. Dr. Tonya Howard Calhoun is the Director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Office of Community Collaboration & Engagement. EDF is a global nonprofit tackling climate change through bold, game-changing solutions which put people at the center.

Data Dreams were awarded to two finalists at the event – Milwaukee Community Land Trust and Milwaukee Food Council. The Milwaukee Community Land Trust’s data dream is to compare the wealth created for families in three different scenarios: rental / fair market / community land trust. Using Milwaukee housing historical data to create a ten year comparison of the different scenarios, they hope to to inform potential homebuyers’ decision-making and the general public’s understanding of the land trust model. The Milwaukee Food Council’s data dream is to create a social network map of the pre-existing programs, policies, organizations, and businesses within the complex food system of Milwaukee to determine if they are meeting public need. Through facilitating dialogue among organizations doing overlapping work, they seek to mitigate the historical and systemic barriers that inhibit individuals from accessing nutritious, healthy food by fostering an organizations of shared resources and collaboration.