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Kenton Spencer, Executive Director

DataWorks is an independent data intermediary based in Durham, North Carolina. We are dedicated to democratizing the use of quantitative information, engaging in partnerships where data and analysis blend with lived experience and shared stories. We work with neighbors, non-profits, public agencies, and other partners in social benefit to advance community programming and public discourse. We provide comprehensive neighborhood indicators with the Neighborhood Compass, technical assistance and custom analysis, and collaborative learning opportunities.

Our mission is to democratize data to facilitate an empowered, productive, and equitable community. To that end, we have outlined three primary areas of focus for our work:

  • Engage communities with data. We connect neighbors and community organizations with indicators, strengthening efforts to improve  neighborhoods. This includes direct technical support in data preparation, mapping and other visualization.
  • Convene and contribute to community conversations. We facilitate productive spaces for shared learning from different perspectives. We also participate as an independent partner in policy discussions, guided by both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Provide community data tools.  We provide community data resources, including the Neighborhood Compass, that are regularly-updated and serve all partners equally.
L'Tanya Durante
Data Action Coordinator
John Killeen
Founding Executive Director
Kenton Spencer
Executive Director


The Civic Switchboard program funded two NNIP Partners in 2020, DataWorks NC and The Polis Center. Learn more about their projects and... [read more]
March 2020
DataWorks NC is in the process of developing COVID-19 updates and resources related to tenants. Learn more about the project here... [read more]


October 31, 2023
Report - By: John Killeen

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August 1, 2023
Blog post - By: Libby McClure

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August 12, 2022
Blog post - By: Libby McClure, L'Tanta Durante

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November 11, 2021
Blog post - By: Tim Stallmann, Libby McClure

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August 2, 2021
Blog post - By: L'Tanya Durante

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Partner Webinars

December 31, 1969

During Idea Showcases, partners highlight or talk about the great work their organization is doing. This time, we decided to have a theme to feature partners' efforts to support affordable housing... [read more]

Presenters Bob Gradeck, John Killeen, Luis Guajardo
May 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Housing stability,­­­­... [read more]

Presenters Barbara Laymon, NACCHO, Chelsea Hawkins, Durham County Department of Public Health, Denver Jameson, Durham County Department of Public Health, Leah Hendey, Urban Institute, John Killeen, DataWorks NC