Commitment to Action

A Data Science Team for the Social Sector

Commitment by

DataKind

In 2014, DataKind committed to build an elite Data Science Team comprised of six data science professionals who will take on projects that address sustained, high-impact social and environmental challenges that could be significantly shifted through the addition of data scientists and their services. Currently, data scientists are expensive and hard to find, and not often available to not-for-profit organizations. The Data Science Team will use untapped data sources, new data technologies, and collaborations with social sector experts to generate greater understanding of and solutions to the world's most intractable challenges - for example, using cellphone data to more accurately estimate poverty. The team will consist of six full-time data professionals who will be hired for three years, working on a total of five projects that will last 9-12 months each. Project outcomes and case studies will be shared with the wider social sector, furthering the larger community's understanding of how data be unlocked for the greater good.

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Commitment

A Data Science Team for the Social Sector

Launched

2014

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$2,000,000

Region

Africa

Commitment by

DataKind