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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

2016 Police Projects: Back to the Whiteboards

A crucial but often overlooked consideration when working with data is: what is the best way to organise it? The way we organise our data can change not only how we interact with it, but also our mental model of that data. A well-designed database should efficiently organise both the data that we have now, [...]

DSSG 2016 Week One: Convergence and Priorities

Data Science for Social Good is now four years old. If we were a toddler, we’d be learning our alphabet and arithmetic. If we were a high school student, we’d be getting ready to graduate and go to college. If we were a grad student...well, we’d still be in the thick of it. But in [...]

Introducing the Data Maturity Framework

In our four years of running the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship and the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, we have talked to hundreds of organizations about their data, technology, missions, culture, pain points, and impact. For the projects we take on during DSSG , we look for certain common features. But we [...]