Social Good in Government: Leveraging Social Data

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6:30 - 7:00 Doors Open

7:00 - 7:05 Introductions

7:05 - 7:30 Topic Title: Social Data in International Development

Dr. Craig Jolley (@jolleywithane) ( is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. His work at USAID supports programs to combat global poverty and improve health, security, and economic growth by incorporating data science technologies into development planning, implementation, and monitoring. One particular focus area has been in social media analytics, where he has pursued social data as an information source for improved communications and outreach, as well as information on opinions, trends, and events in the developing world. He received his PhD in Physics from Arizona State University, and has researched biological physics and biomolecular networks at Montana State University and RIKEN.

7:30 - 8:00: Social Data and 300 Global Embassies

Christopher Toppe and Mohammed Partovi - Department of State. Problems and Solutions in managing 300 embassy social presences around the world in dozens of languages and character sets. Tools and Strategies in reporting on performance.

8:00 - 8:30: How Analytics Can Illuminate Digital Media Strategies

David Bresnahan-McRae is a Manager of Client Strategy at Social Driver who specializes in digital advocacy projects. Before joining Social Driver, David received a Masters of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), and worked in Melbourne, Australia as a specialist in analytics and digital healthcare advocacy.