The Greatest Technical Challenge of Our Day… Reading CSVs


Many data science projects follow the following workflow Define problem Get data Analyze the data (that may include building predictive models) Report the results of the analysis. Implement results into an operational system The move from step 1 to step 2 is often not trivial. First, the project partner needs to extract data from their systems and [...]

The Greatest Technical Challenge of Our Day… Reading CSVs2018-05-12T14:07:47-05:00

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 before applying. Most [...]

2016 Applications are now open!2018-05-12T14:07:48-05:00

What Makes a Good DSSG Project?


Apply to be a Project Partner for 2019 What Makes a Good DSSG Project? Data Science for Social Good is a summer program that requires year-round preparation. A successful summer requires a mix of good people and projects, and we spend a lot of time trying to find projects [...]

What Makes a Good DSSG Project?2018-12-13T12:18:51-06:00

Reducing Adverse Police Interactions


Over the past year, the nation has faced a series of highly publicized adverse interactions between the police and the public, from Ferguson to Baltimore to New York. These incidents have had dire and occasionally deadly consequences for individuals and have eroded public trust in the police, making it more difficult for the majority of [...]

Reducing Adverse Police Interactions2018-05-12T14:07:50-05:00

EPA: Data-Driven Hazardous Waste Detection


What’s the problem? Hundreds of millions of tons of hazardous waste are generated every year. When this waste isn’t handled properly, the results can be disastrous. Chemical spills and explosions pose a serious threat to human health and the environment -- in 2014, there were over 20,000 spills in the US, leading to more than [...]

EPA: Data-Driven Hazardous Waste Detection2018-05-12T14:07:51-05:00

Our Knight News Challenge Submissions


This year’s Knight News Challenge asks, “How might we make data work for individuals and communities?” Data Science for Social Good and its parent organization, the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, pursue answers to this question every day. We submitted four of our projects to this year’s challenge so we can develop them [...]

Our Knight News Challenge Submissions2018-05-12T14:07:51-05:00

College Persistence: Helping Students Beyond High School Graduation


A college education is one of the keys to economic security and prosperity in the United States. Bachelor’s degree holders earn nearly twice as much as high school graduates, enjoy better health and hold jobs that offer a greater sense of accomplishment, independence, creativity, and social interaction (Oreopoulos and Petronijevic 2013). But there are large [...]

College Persistence: Helping Students Beyond High School Graduation2018-05-12T14:07:52-05:00

An Ethical Checklist for Data Science


As data scientists, we often get lost in the techniques and methods of our trade. In doing so, we can forget to ask important questions: who will be affected by our work? How we are ensuring that by doing ‘good’ for one group, we are not inadvertently harming another? Ethical controversies have dominated recent data [...]

An Ethical Checklist for Data Science2018-05-12T14:07:53-05:00

Blight Prevention: Building Strong and Healthy Neighborhoods in Cincinnati


Many cities are working to prevent the negative impacts of vacant buildings caused by population loss. Cincinnati is one such city, with a more than 40% reduction in population since 1950 and a large stock of historic buildings. This effect coupled with the housing crisis of 2008 has produced new challenges in Cincinnati and many [...]

Blight Prevention: Building Strong and Healthy Neighborhoods in Cincinnati2018-05-12T14:07:54-05:00

World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency Project: Kickstarting Data Science


Are you hearing a lot of data-themed buzzwords lately? Are you wondering whether the use of data science can help a project on which you are working? Using data makes it easy to prove the efficacy of a project and inform your decisions. More simply, data science is the process of taking all the data [...]

World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency Project: Kickstarting Data Science2018-05-12T14:07:55-05:00