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January 11, 2021 Monday 12:50:24 PM IST

Data Science for Social Good Programme helps Ofsted and World Bank

Data Science for Social Good (DSSGxUK) is a summer programme that has been hosted by the University of Warwick and The Alan Turing Institute for the last two years, and will this summer, 2021, be delivered by the University of Warwick in collaboration with Ludwig Maximillian University (Munich) under the DSSGx UK chapter of the DSSG Foundation. DSSG is the brainchild of Rayid Ghani, former Chief Scientist for President Obama, and continues to be run in the US at Carnegie Mellon University. Participants are trained over the summer, and work on data science projects with not-for-profit organisations and governmental bodies, helping them leverage their data to improve their services, interventions and outreach.

This summer, over 2020, a congregation of data scientists from all over the world collaborated virtually, and successfully designed a new prioritisation system for Ofsted – the Office for Standards in Education, to help them inspect and regulate early years care, providers, as well as a new public administration corruption risk identification and analysing system for World Bank, an international financial institution who provide loans and grants to the governments of developing countries for the purpose of pursuing capital gains.

The programme is returning for summer 2021, in collaboration with the Ludwigs Maximillian University in Germany, with support from The Alan Turing Institute. The 12-week programme is once again looking for participants, it will run online, due to the pandemic, from June 7th until August 27th, and will include lectures and hands-on workshops with mentors from the global data science community.

Graduates and undergraduate students, PhD students, data scientists and researchers have until January 31st to apply for the initiative which, since its inception, has seen more than 200 students spend their summers with the DSSG.

To find out more and to apply for this year’s programme please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/research/data-science/warwick-data/dssgx/

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