When we try to measure gaps in outcomes between groups, we often turn to an approach called a Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition. I’m all for identifying discriminatory gaps, but we need to be careful that we don’t discount certain kinds of discrimination from our data calculations just because it isn’t our discrimination.

Author’s Note: This is going to be a long piece, but if we can get this concept down we’ll learn a way to embed our equity priorities deep, deep into the mathematical heart of our data work. Let’s go.

The Model: A reflection of the world as the modeller understands it.

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Early in my career, I was working on a project using education data, and we were having a meeting with policymakers, school principals, and a team of researchers. When one of the principals asked a question about what assumptions were used in crafting one of the models, I was perplexed…

Learning #1: Don’t Call it “Indigenous Quantitative Methods”

A few months ago I set out to create a research brief of Indigenous Quantitative Methodologies. I wanted to start a survey of just some of the existing ways that Indigenous cultures around the world create knowledge and solve problems with data.

I had a few eye-opening experiences working with…

Does Paying or Compensating Survey Respondents Negatively Affect Response Quality or Reliability?

At We All Count, we think a lot about how to increase the equity of the data gathering process. We make a living off of the data science ecosystem and so do many of our project members and the people who read these posts. …

Heather Krause

Data scientist & statistician (one of only 150 accredited PStats worldwide). Providing data science services grounded in an equity lens. https://weallcount.com

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