How to shape a data solution for social impact, according to a data scientist

Illustration by: Liza Donnelly / courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas — Even as more international development organizations understand how data science can help them achieve their goals, they often don’t know where to begin.

“Just add a data scientist!” joked Jake Porway, founder and executive director of DataKind, which pairs volunteers with expertise in artificial intelligence and data science with nonprofit organizations, governments, and social enterprises that could benefit from their support.

Should your team be reading this?
Contact us about a group subscription to Pro.

About the author

  • Cheney catherine%2520%25281%2529

    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 and innovation 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 from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.