Performing data science analysis without business context is like entering bacalhau in a vegan cooking competition: a case of the right answers to the wrong problem. In order to uphold the social good aspect of our work at the Data Science for Social Good fellowship, the first step is making sure [...]
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Introducing the Data@Work Research Hub and Funding Opportunity With the rapid growth and adoption of technologies like artificial intelligence having uncertain and disparate effects on labor markets, the need for high-quality interdisciplinary research into labor market dynamics and workforce development has never been so urgent. While new data sources capturing detailed interactions between job seekers, [...]
Data-Driven Inspections for Safer Housing in San Jose, California 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 hotels. They do so by conducting routine inspections of these properties, looking for everything from blight [...]
It's three weeks into the program and the experience has been unbelievable. This is the fifth installment since the inception of the program and the structure and ecosystem in place has definitely matured -- every minute has been jam-packed with activities, ranging from training sessions (where we learn the necessary basics of open-source software such [...]
Combining Data and Behavioral Science to Reduce Water Shut Offs 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 the underlying causes of human behavior is difficult for a single individual, let alone an [...]
Introducing pgdedupe! 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 sets that were rarely designed to work together. Inconsistent data entry, typographical errors, and real world identity changes pose significant challenges to this [...]
Connecting the Dots for Better Outcomes 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 interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful [...]
Preventive Care for the City's Circulatory System 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 -- as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]