Data-driven development needs both social and computer scientists

The rise of big data and the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals demands a diverse set of skills that cannot be found in a single person or discipline. Social scientists and computer scientists don't always see eye to eye, but to harness all the emerging data for development, they will need to find ways to bridge their differences.

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  • Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Catherine also works for the Solutions Journalism Network, a non profit that trains and connects reporters to cover responses to problems.