Heather Krause remains unconvinced. As a data scientist and statistician (one of only 150 accredited PStats worldwide) she attacks the largest questions facing societies today, working with non-profit and social sector organizations, local and national governments, and data journalists. Her relentless pursuit of clarity and realism in these projects pushed her beyond pure analysis to mastering the entire data ecosystem including ground-breaking work in data sourcing, design, visualization, communication, and journalism, each incorporating bleeding edge theory and technologies. Never satisfied to accept stale answers or perspectives, her methodology is rigorous and unconstrained by convention.
Always distinguished by the human focus of her work, Heather believes that people are both the solution and the goal when addressing complex data questions. She insists that to make data science relevant and effective, investment and understanding must be fostered among all participants in a project. Her work proves that data narratives can be meaningful to any audience from a boardroom to the front page. Striving for a broad, flexible coalition of skills and experiences, Heather created Datassist: a statistical consulting company with an innovative structure designed to harvest the power of collaborating specialists on a tailored project basis, with none of the cumbersome rigidity of old-mentality businesses.
Her emphasis on relationships and communication have made her an industry-famous colleague, known for championing simple language, intersectional perspectives, and strong universal narratives. In the battle against confusion and uncertainty, Heather Krause invites partners into her work with vigorous enthusiasm, seeing clients, colleagues and constituents as essential pieces of large questions. Her unique contributions have been sought across a range of clients from individual researchers to large international organizations including: FiveThirtyEight, Orb Media, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE USA, the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Secretariat, and MasterCard. Heather Krause brings the skills to analyse and tell the story of any data, and the conviction that the questions must be asked.
Georges has been developing interesting new methods in data analysis for decades. He’s a founding member of the York Statistical Consulting Services as well as the Summer Program in Data Analysis. He’s passionate about making sure your data is used the answer the questions that are important to you. His specialty is causal inference from observational data. When he’s not at his computer he can be found at the dog park watching his puppy and reading the New Yorker.
Irene Powell, Communications Director
Irene is passionate about using her talents with communication to make a difference in the world. She came to Datassist after honing her skills in the tech sector and is happy to be writing about something other than cloud computing. Irene lives in Toronto and enjoys public transit, a good whisky, and exploring.
Amy Childs’s deeply-held commitment to a better world has led her to engage in many arenas, on both a personal and professional level. She has been a volunteer activist for The Hunger Project, raising money for the end of world hunger through the empowerment of women, and for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) working with abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. In her lifelong quest to discover what it is to be human, Amy has many times found herself questioning what “everyone knows,” and brings this question frequently to the Datassist work. She is essential in keeping our projects and people on the right track.
When Maggie isn’t working as the Data Wrangler at Datassist, she’s the Data Visualization and Analysis Librarian at the University of Washington. She frequently works with Tableau to make complex information more accessible and to help turn data into understanding. She’s worked as a journals editor and as the business manager for a small independent press. After moving towards librarianship and nonprofits, she found herself addicted to the more subjective questions surrounding data practices: data ethics, data and visualization literacy, and digital humanities.
John is a geographer with an emphasis on GIS research and the social determinants of health. His strengths include multi-platform delivery and capacity building in monitoring and evaluation both in organizations and within public forums. When he’s not looking at maps, John can be found playing with his twin sons, and watching cricket.
Anne has extensive experience writing policy briefs for developing world projects including Uganda, Zambia and Panama. She is also a skilled translator from statistical results to public narrative that makes sense to those who need to use the results in the real world. Anne enjoys camping, renovating her house, and adventure travel.
Hans is a designer and digital artist with a strong belief in the power of the extraordinary which compels him to be constantly searching for unusual and visually creative ways to tell stories. Living at the intersection of graphic design, information visualization, improvisational performance, maker technologies and old-school sensibilities, Hans is uniquely positioned to help us communicate complex data to a diversity of stakeholders. When he’s not making us laugh and cry in the office, he can be found on stage with Prom King Comedy.
Jessica is passionate about supporting all elements of a project to their completion in order to create quality work. Primarily interested in arts administration and management, she joined the Datassist in order to collaborate with like-minded people in the creative and practical communication of research. When you like our social media feeds, you’re enjoying her work. Jess has a lifelong love of pigs and Amy Poehler.