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Scoping Data Science (for Social Good) Projects

2018-12-13T12:16:02-06:00

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) [...]

Scoping Data Science (for Social Good) Projects2018-12-13T12:16:02-06:00

The Real World: DSSG

2018-12-13T12:20:09-06:00

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 [...]

The Real World: DSSG2018-12-13T12:20:09-06:00

Sanergy: Smart scheduling to improve toilet collections in Kenya

2018-05-12T14:07:03-05:00

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 [...]

Sanergy: Smart scheduling to improve toilet collections in Kenya2018-05-12T14:07:03-05:00

MVESC: Finding the Missing Students Who Don’t Graduate On Time

2018-05-12T14:07:03-05:00

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 [...]

MVESC: Finding the Missing Students Who Don’t Graduate On Time2018-05-12T14:07:03-05:00

CMPD: Behind the Headlines, Beneath the Data

2018-05-12T14:07:04-05:00

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 [...]

CMPD: Behind the Headlines, Beneath the Data2018-05-12T14:07:04-05:00

Tulsa Public Schools: Preparing Kids for the Third Grade Turning Point

2018-05-12T14:07:05-05:00

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. [...]

Tulsa Public Schools: Preparing Kids for the Third Grade Turning Point2018-05-12T14:07:05-05:00

2016 Police Projects: Back to the Whiteboards

2018-05-12T14:07:06-05:00

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, [...]

2016 Police Projects: Back to the Whiteboards2018-05-12T14:07:06-05:00

DSSG 2016 Week One: Convergence and Priorities

2018-05-12T14:07:07-05:00

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 [...]

DSSG 2016 Week One: Convergence and Priorities2018-05-12T14:07:07-05:00

Introducing the Data Maturity Framework

2018-12-13T11:37:12-06:00

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 [...]

Introducing the Data Maturity Framework2018-12-13T11:37:12-06:00

You say you want Transparency and Interpretability?

2018-05-12T14:07:08-05:00

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 [...]

You say you want Transparency and Interpretability?2018-05-12T14:07:08-05:00