The Real World: DSSG


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

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 [...]

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

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, [...]

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

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
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