Courses and Training Programs

For Government Agencies, Non-Profits, and Other Organizations:

Our trainings for governments and non-profits are designed for:

  • Directors and Executives who want to understand what data science can do for governments and non-profits, how to build effective teams, what to watch out for when working with vendors and consultants, and how to get started with a data-driven policy and social impact project.
  • Analysts and Policymakers who are interested in getting hands-on experience with applying data science concepts to problems they face in their organizations.

Executive Training Program in Applied Data Analytics for Public Policy

We have joined with New York University and the University of Maryland to teach professionals key computer science and data science skills for public policy. The program includes classes on applied problems, such as “Working with Data on Welfare Recipients” and “Working with Data on Veterans.” Find more information at the Executive Program in Applied Data Analytics website.

For Students:

The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship (DSSG)

The DSSG Fellowship is a summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. Fellows of the DSSG work with governments, non-profits, and mentors from both industry and academia to work on real-world problems in education, health, energy, public safety, transportation, economic development, international development, and more. Over the course of the three months the Fellows spend in Pittsburgh, they build analytical and coding skills as they apply to data science through a combination of seminars and project experience.

We are re-launching the Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in Summer 2022. Click here to learn more about the DSSG Summer Fellowship.

Data Science for Social Good Fellowship Training Materials

Each summer, we host a new cohort of Data Science for Social Good Fellows. Throughout the program, we hold classes and provide materials on programming, computer science, math and statistics, machine learning, social science, project scoping and management, privacy, ethics, security, communications, social issues, and more. We make many of our training materials available on GitHub.

Data Science for Social Good Conference

In 2016, we launched the Data Science for Social Good conference which brings together current DSSG fellows, DSSG alumni, project partners both past and present, and people and content from other DSSG programs. This conference highlighted the successes, opportunities, and challenges faced by the growing Data Science for Social Good community by bringing key members from each community (academia, governments, non-profits, foundations, social enterprises, and corporations) together to share best practices, learn from each other, and generate new collaboration opportunities.

Civic Hackathon (aka Scope-a-thon)

We are committed to partnering with individuals, communities, and researchers to find solutions to social and civic challenges. At the University of Chicago, we co-sponsored the Civic Hackathon at the Chicago Innovation Exchange which was focused on scoping data-driven social impact projects with governments and non-profits.

We will be re-launching our civic Scope-a-thon at Carnegie Mellon University in Spring 2022. Please stay tuned for new details to come!