/Partners

How specific should the project proposal be?

We'd rather you give us a few project ideas than one detailed, specific, project proposal. We can then work with you to better understand the potential projects to select the one that best fits the fellowship.

What kinds of organizations do you work with?

Project Partners are typically, but not always, non-profits and government organizations (city, state, or federal - US or international). We also work with corporations and startups with a social mission.

What criteria do you use to select project partners?

Project Partners come with some idea of a problem they want help in tackling, data they can provide to solve that problem, and resources they can devote to collaborate with us over the summer. Ideal partners: 1. Have an important problem with high social impact: We want concrete problems that can have impact as opposed [...]

What areas of “social good” do you care about?

All of them. In the past two years, we've worked in various areas such as education, public health, medicine, sustainability, public safety, economic development, international aid, homelessness prevention, and public accountability.

How concrete of a problem do I need to propose?

We like concrete problems but can help you define and scope the project. We're okay with starting with an interest in working with us and will spend time with you before the Fellowship starts to refine projects and discuss data needs. You can also propose several project ideas and we can help narrowing them down [...]

Does the project partner need to be in Chicago?

Not at all. We've worked with partners all over the world. In-person collaboration is great but so is Skype and/or Hangout.

What do I get as a Project Partner?

You get to work with a team of 3-4 smart, passionate Data Science Fellows led by an experienced mentor for 12 weeks to solve the problem we identify together.

What are some examples of projects?

Nurse-Family Partnership is a non-profit organization that sends nurses to meet with new and expectant mothers. DSSG has worked with NFP to estimate their impact on health outcomes for a funding proposal, and to predict which mothers are at highest risk of dropping out of the program. DSSG has worked with several school districts to [...]

Will there be information sessions for potential applicants?

Yes, we are hosting information sessions online for fellows and potential project partners on December 19th. You can RSVP here.