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Connect Extension Virtual Chat: Using Data to Understand the Community You Serve

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Using Data to Understand the Community You Serve - Virtual Chat

The purpose of this chat is to gather information for creating an eFieldBook targeted at Extension professionals about using data in their work. This virtual chat will provide an opportunity to have a conversation about whether participants are - or would like to be - using data in their work to understand and improve their communities. We’ll also explore what data possibilities participants are aware of, and what data-related topics they would like to learn more about.

Host: Teja Pristavec

Moderator: Michael Lambur

Teja Pristavec, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Dr. Teja Pristavec is a sociologist and a Research Assistant Professor of statistical sciences at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative (BII) Social and Decision Analytics Division (SDAD). She obtained her BA in cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana and received her MA and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. Her research interests include spatial analysis, administrative data, quantitative methods, health, and inequality. Her work has been published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, The Gerontologist, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Food, Culture, & Society. She is passionate about computational social science and looking for answers to sociological questions using quantitative analysis.

Michael Lambur, PhD
Associate Director, Program Development
Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)
Virginia Tech

In his current position, Michael leads efforts to train and assist field and campus-based Extension faculty in program development (situation analysis, program design and implementation, and evaluation and reporting).  Prior to starting his current position in September of 2012, he was the Evaluation and Research Leader for the eXtension initiative.  He held this position since December 2007.  Prior to joining the eXtension initiative, he provided leadership for evaluation, program, and professional development for VCE as an Extension Specialist, since 1985.

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