NOTE: Data Chefs is a work in progress. This is v.0.25

Over the past decade, the tools that let staff who aren’t coders transform and analyze data have gotten more and more powerful. But if an organization just rolls out these tools to lots of power users without having a broader strategy about how the pieces will fit together, they’re likely to create a hot mess.

Based on research at Makers All and decades of field experience, we’re developing a solution called Data Chefs. Data Chefs is a framework to help organizations unleash the power of analytics and data science by growing organizational ecosystems of power users / “citizen data scientists” – and to do so in a way that in the long term will also help the community. It advocates for:

  • Growing an organization’s internal ecosystem to help power users flourish, using an iterative approach that racks up small, strategic wins while building towards larger victories
  • Building an ecosystem across organizations so they can share knowledge, pool resources, and collectively work to smooth the learning curve from beginner to power user to data scientist/engineer
  • Using this ecosystem across organizations to connect large organizations to the community, so communities can also benefit – and in doing so, laying the groundwork to help communities from Harlem to Harlan County benefit from the explosion of wealth that will be created by emerging tech over the next 20 years.