The Data Community

Training and mentoring for service-minded researchers’s data community is a cooperative project designed to support humanitarian researchers as they engage in actionable research with their local communities. datalab’s data community is organized by local college and university faculty who use’s free resources to mentor students in applied research and data analysis. These student groups then partner with local nonprofit organizations or community-oriented academic researchers to find answers to important questions that shape each organization’s services. These collaborative projects give students unparalleled, hands-on experience with meaningful data projects and give local nonprofits the support they need to better fulfill their missions.

The first data community was developed at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, where founder Barton Poulson is an associate professor of psychology in the Behavioral Science Department. Starting 15 October 2018 and continuing each fall and spring semester, the data community at UVU will meet on Mondays from 11:00 to 11:50 AM in room 410A of the Clarke Building on UVU’s Orem campus. UVU students from any department are invited to attend. If you would like to participate, please click on the link below and complete the interest form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to see how we can help one another do significant, community-focused work.

You can also get more information about the UVU Data Community by emailing the organizer, Barton Poulson, at either or We'd love to hear from you and get your feedback on how we can make the data community as productive and inspirational as possible!