Succeed with 'Data First' Initiatives: Quality Data Feeds America
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  Micah Dalton   Micah Dalton
Data Blueprint
  Theresa DelVecchio Dys   Theresa DelVecchio Dys
Director of Research
Feeding America


Wednesday, April 5, 2017
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Level:  Business/Strategic

Organizations must realize what it means to utilize data quality management in support of business strategy. Data quality management calls for data to be captured right the first time, validated through automated means, and integrated into business processes. For any size organization, consistency is vital in data processes, but for a nationwide organization such as Feeding America, ‘data first’ methods are key to utilizing data as an asset.

In this session, hear from the Director of Research at Feeding America about their initiative to create a framework for collecting their client profiles at food bank locations across the nation. Establishing such a framework allows organizations to more efficiently evaluate their data and ensure the best quality. This testimonial will review techniques and tools developed for the organization's needs and how to troubleshoot the inevitable practice pitfalls.

  • Learn why utilizing data quality engineering is important to support your business strategy.
  • Understand the business need for a data governance framework.
  • Identify opportunities to help drive your organization to a data driven culture.
  • Identify possible data defects and how to account for them in your practices.

Micah Dalton is a senior business leader with 20 years of management experience building and leading teams to deliver results across various industries including financial services, public sector, non-profit and higher education. Micah's expertise in root cause identification, analytics, strategy, financial analysis and reporting, procurement strategy and cost management, and operations analysis and management has helped deliver integrated solutions for a variety of business problems. Micah helped lead the development of Capital One's Six Sigma program and completed his Black Belt training. Micah earned his MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business focusing his interests in corporate finance and business strategy. Prior to that, Micah earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mary Washington College. Additionally, Micah was a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Metro Richmond and has been an adjunct professor of Marketing at the University of Mary Washington.

Theresa DelVecchio Dys is the Director of Research at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity. During her time at Feeding America, she has directed several research projects, including the Hunger in America 2014 study, nationally recognized as the largest and most comprehensive study of charitable food distribution in the U.S. Theresa also provides data analysis and consulting support on a variety of other Feeding America initiatives, including a new national initiative aimed at improving and standardizing the manner in which client data is collected from food banks and agencies across the country. Theresa has a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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