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Data-Driven Inspections for Safer Housing in San Jose, California

The Multiple Housing team in San Jose’s Code Enforcement Office is tasked with protecting the occupants of properties with three or more units, such as apartment buildings, fraternities, sororities, and hotels. They do so by conducting routine inspections of these properties, looking for everything from blight and pest infestations to faulty construction and fire hazards. [...]

Combining Data and Behavioral Science to Reduce Water Shut Offs

Behavioral science and psychology can help explain the underlying reasons for seemingly irrational behavior which cities aim to address, such as using payday loans or committing property crimes. Unfortunately, determining the underlying causes of human behavior is difficult for a single individual, let alone an entire population. However, the vast amounts of data collected by [...]

Connecting the Dots for Better Outcomes

  The most vulnerable individuals in society often struggle with long-lasting, multi-faceted challenges such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, and homelessness. Individuals experiencing these difficulties tend to interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful and cost-effective ways. At times [...]

Preventive Care for the City’s Circulatory System

Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system -- the water infrastructure -- as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the [...]

Police Project Update: Expanding and Implementing the Early Intervention System

In recent years, the issue of police violence and misconduct has repeatedly made headlines and inspired protests across the United States. With each incident, the trust between police departments and the communities they protect takes damage, and the work of police officers in the field becomes more difficult and dangerous. As a result, police departments [...]

The Real World: DSSG

This is the true story of 42 strangers picked to live in a dorm, work together, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. Welcome to The Real World: DSSG. Okay, so we don’t tape their lives (except for when they’re playing ping pong). [...]

Sanergy: Smart scheduling to improve toilet collections in Kenya

Every year, some 1 million people die because they do not have access to hygienic sanitation. Among other problems, poor sanitation causes diarrhoea, which is the second largest cause of death worldwide for children under 5 years and the seventh largest cause of death overall. Poor sanitation goes beyond dirty toilets; it’s characterized by an [...]

MVESC: Finding the Missing Students Who Don’t Graduate On Time

Over 1.2 million or 7.1% high school students drop out every year. Dropping out of high school is costly for both the students and society: 30% of dropouts are unemployed, their average annual income is $20,241 (34% lower than high school graduates), and a dropout costs taxpayers an average of $292,000 over a lifetime due [...]

CMPD: Behind the Headlines, Beneath the Data

It's usual for those of us here at Data Science for Social Good to want to see our projects thrown into the spotlight. More publicity means a wider audience, which means a greater impact (or so the theory goes). Yet for my own “Team Charlotte” and our close partners at “Team Nashville”, the recent events [...]

Tulsa Public Schools: Preparing Kids for the Third Grade Turning Point

Third grade is a turning point in learning, where students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Thus, many education systems now focus on early literacy. There’s a lot of work to do: the National Center of Education Statistics measured in 2015 that only 36% of 4th graders nationwide were proficient in reading. [...]