Should your NGO hire a data scientist?

Farmers and scientists work together to gather essential data that will help them prioritise and monitor climate-smart agricultural interventions. Photo by: Nguyen Duy Nhiem / CIAT / CC BY-NC-SA

BRUSSELS — ONE’s global policy director, David McNair, has some advice for nonprofits looking to hire a data scientist: Be patient.

When the advocacy organisation was hiring a data scientist themselves, McNair said, they were looking for someone not just to create nice infographics but rather “a data-driven culture from start to finish.”

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    Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.