Oklahoma Policy Institute has grown a lot in the past few years. From humble beginnings in 2008, we now have a staff of 19, including talented individuals who focus on a wide range of policy issues, intensive data analysis, outreach, communications, events and operations, and more. To give you a better idea of who we are and what we all do, we are running an OK Policy Blog series highlighting our staffers.
For this edition, here’s Justice Data Analyst Ashley Harvey:
What do you do at OK Policy?
I provide data related to Oklahoma justice processes; to do this I gather, clean, validate, and document data from various source. I also collaborate with justice system advocates and stakeholders to understand the problems facing our justice system and ways to make progress through accountability and transparency.
What’s your favorite thing about doing this work?
I genuinely love almost everything about my work, especially research and data analysis. But my favorite part of my job is being able to tell human stories with our data. Knowing that every number represents an Oklahoman and that through my work I am able to tell their story by bringing accountability to our justice system.
What would you most like Oklahoma to become a “Top 10 State” in?
My passion is justice reform. However, there are many other areas that are tied into that. There is an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage for so many people. Health, economic opportunity, education, and so many other areas are all connected. To me, justice means a fair and equitable community for all individuals.
What else should OK Policy’s readers know about you?
I am a mother to two amazing kids. I learn so much from them every day. Also, I co-developed a family skill building program within the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center. The privilege to work with these families is truly one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I was able to hear first-hand the difficulties that many our community face. But I was also able to witness the transformation in many youths knowing that they have a family and community that believe in them. This experience has helped make me a better advocate, especially for those that are justice involved.