Projects and Public Policy Support--Minority/Women Business Enterprises and Human Trafficking (see below)

Project 1

Developing New Data System for Washington State's Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises

State of Washington’s Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has requested support from Seattle Data for Good in establishing a new data mart related to the Linked Deposit Program. Establishing this data mart will allow OMWBE to consolidate firmographic, financial, and other program specific information into a single source and generate standardized self-service reports to highlight the value of the Linked Deposit Program for the state. For more information contact Sarthak at

Project Overview:

Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises works to promote equity and increase participation in public contracting and procurement for small businesses owned by minorities, women, and disadvantaged person through education and certification.

State of Washington’s Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has requested support from Seattle Data for Good to assess the data and reporting needs for the Linked Deposit Program. OMWBE collaborates with the Office of State Treasurer (OST) to consolidate firmographic, financial, and other program specific information and generate reports highlighting the value of the for the state, along with other KPIs.  

The process being undertaken to generate these reports and gauge progress is manual and cumbersome for the customers, banks, and the agencies. The business owners are asked to provide various points of information that may or may not be used, the financial institutions have a responsibility to send the information to the agencies, and the agencies themselves have the job of consolidate and standardize multiple sources of data. This process is long and involves a very tedious process that is ripe for automation. Optimizing this process and providing data-driven insights from the data will allow OMWBE to be compliant with WACs, inform policy discussions, and allow the agencies to manage this valuable program for the state.  



1.    What current data exists and how can we effectively use it? Evaluate data being captured by OMWBE and OST and standardize key metric definitions.

2.    What value is the Linked Deposit Program providing for the state? Develop automated reporting capabilities to be able to generate program wide metrics of interest to both agencies.


1.     What additional data needs to be gathered or generated to better address reporting needs? Identify gaps in data once reporting on current data is complete to determine whether additional data sources need to be integrated, modeled, or asked from program applicants.

2.     What process changes can be made to make data available for active consumption by all agencies? Evaluate current data processing steps for each agency and consolidate as needed to provide all parties direct access (if possible). 

Project 2

Stopping Human Trafficking

Washington Engage works to prevent and end human trafficking, in all its forms. Through programs empowering youth and the mobilization of community coalitions Washington Engage’s work raises community awareness, empowers bystanders to become allies in the fight and influences attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent human trafficking.

 Research and data on human trafficking and sexual exploitation is limited and often outdated. When there is new research it is difficult to know how credible the source and if the data can be extrapolated beyond the study. The internet and websites, like, have dramatically changed the landscape of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. While there are some efforts to collect better data, e.g. the Human Trafficking Data Collection Project, led by the Office of Trafficking in Persons, these projects often last years and do not create actionable data. 

A common response from school administrators, parents and community members is something like, “But that’s not happening here. It wouldn’t happen with my kids or the kids we know.” Washington Engage, and our 6-community coalitions, not only desire credible, localized data to better understand prevalence of human trafficking and create stronger prevention efforts.

For more info or become a project team director/participant please contact

Project 3

National Telecommunications & Information Administration

November 2017, National Telecommunications & Information Administration BroadbandUSA team will complete a beta test of the BroadbandUSA Connectivity Assessment Tool - a community-based planning tool designed to inform and accelerate local broadband efforts.

The tool supports local leaders as they advance broadband infrastructure deployment, improve digital inclusion, stimulate economic development, and strengthen broadband policies.  The beta is based on a skeletal Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that implements a very robust broadband and community planning model.  The Assessment Tool is currently in beta test in fifteen diverse communities in eight states, including two Washington State counties and one unincorporated area. Initial feedback from the beta indicates that a more intuitive user interface and needed. 

The task at hand is to leverage the MVP to create a new online tool that will help local leaders improve broadband by assessing their needs and assets, aligning interests and resources, attracting investment, discovering resources, and building concrete action plans. The Assessment Tool is based on a comprehensive planning framework known as the Community Connectivity Framework that spans three major sectors:

  • Access - broadband availability and infrastructure
  • Adoption - digital inclusion and skills
  • Community - leadership and contex
  • For more info or to get involved in the project please contact Sarthak at or Karen Perry at