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Jul 14,2017

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

July 14th, 2017|

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 [...]

Jun 28,2017

Combining Data and Behavioral Science to Reduce Water Shut Offs

June 28th, 2017|

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 [...]

Jun 21,2017

Introducing pgdedupe!

June 21st, 2017|

Combining datasets and performing large aggregate analyses are powerful new ways to improve service across large populations. Critically important in this task is the deduplication of identities across multiple data [...]

Mar 10,2017

Connecting the Dots for Better Outcomes

March 10th, 2017|

  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 [...]

Feb 17,2017

Data Science for Social Good Fellowship Update

February 17th, 2017|

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, [...]

Jan 23,2017

Preventive Care for the City’s Circulatory System

January 23rd, 2017|

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 [...]

Jan 12,2017

Police Project Update: Expanding and Implementing the Early Intervention System

January 12th, 2017|

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 [...]

Oct 27,2016

Scoping Data Science (for Social Good) Projects

October 27th, 2016|

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 [...]

Aug 18,2016

The Real World: DSSG

August 18th, 2016|

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 [...]

Aug 10,2016

Sanergy: Smart scheduling to improve toilet collections in Kenya

August 10th, 2016|

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 [...]

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