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Data Science for Social Good Fellowship Update

We wanted to share an update with you from the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship team. Based on the funding situation and other projects that we’re launching and continuing, we have decided not to run a DSSG summer fellowship this summer. I know this will come as a disappointment to a lot of you [...]

Scoping Data Science (for Social Good) Projects

Resources in this post:  Blank Project Scoping Worksheet and a filled out Project Scoping Worksheet . Over the past several years, the University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy and the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship have worked on over 40 data science projects and one (unsurprising) lesson we’ve learned over those years is [...]

You say you want Transparency and Interpretability?

We keep hearing and saying that in order to implement and correctly use machine learning and predictive models , they must be transparent and interpretable. That makes sense. You don't want a black box model making important decisions -- although one could argue that the guts and intuitions of many human beings are often as [...]

Data Science For Social Good 2016 Applicants

Fellow applications for the 2016 Summer Fellowship are all in and we have been busy reviewing the 900 we received! As we go through the very high (virtual) stack of applications, resumes, and recommendation letters (with the help of many alumni fellow and mentors), we wanted to share with everyone a little bit more about who applied [...]

2016 Applications are now open!

We're excited and happy to start the application process for 2016. Applications are now open for Fellows, Mentors, Project Managers, and Project Partner Organizations. We expect to take around 42 fellows, 4-6 Technical Mentors, 3 Project Managers, and 12 Project Partners. We encourage everyone to read the FAQ [...]