What is Data Science for Social Good (DSSG)?

The DSSG Foundation’s core summer fellowship was setup in 2013 by Rayid Ghani, former Chief Scientist for President Obama. The US fellowship is based at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

DSSG helps not-for-profit organisations and government bodies to achieve more with their data by improving their services, interventions and outreach so that they can fulfil their mission of bettering the world and people’s lives.

DSSG achieves this by giving non-for-profit organisations and government bodies unprecedented access to inspiring, top-tier data science talent and builds their capacity to use cutting-edge quantitative methods to address important societal challenges across education, health, energy, public safety, transportation and economic development.


DSSGx - The UK programme

The Alan Turing Institute is leading an independently organised affiliate programme in the UK (DSSGx) in partnership with University of Warwick and Imperial College London. DSSGx will run from 15 June to 5 September at the University of Warwick campus. There is a competitive stipend. 

Students and recent graduates are invited to apply. The typical cut off is no more than 2 years from your last degree (BSc, MSc, PhD). If you feel you may not fit this criteria, but you have both the computational skills and passion to excel, we’d still love to see your application.

You can apply for DSSGx through the Carnegie Mellon University application form. Deadline 31 January 2020.


Project partners

If your organisation wants to tackle critical social challenges, and believes that data science tools could improve operations and interventions with tangible social impact, you might be eligible to work with us as a project partner. Learn more and apply.


The 2019 DSSG initiative

The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Warwick hosted the 2019 initiative which ran from early June to the end of August. A second initiative was run, in parallel, at Imperial College London. Find out more about the 2019 initiative here.

"Becoming a project partner with DSSG presented us with a unique and exciting opportunity to analyse our StreetLink data and develop models to help improve our systems and ultimately to provide better outcomes for people sleeping rough."

Gareth Thomas, Senior Information Manager, Homeless Link

"The professionalism and expertise of the team working on Ofsted’s project was impressive. Their dedication, not only to deliver a high quality solution, but also to understand how Ofsted works was vital to make the project a success."

James Bowsher-Murray, Head of Early Years and Social Care - Data and Insight, Ofsted


Showcase event - DSSG 2019

The Turing and the University of Warwick hosted a closing event at The Shard in London in August 2019 to mark the end of the successful establishment year.  

The event included a keynote from Rayid Ghani, Chief Scientist for the Obama 2012 Election Campaign and DSSG Director; as well as project presentations showcasing the work undertaken over the last 12 weeks to help non-profits and government organisations to achieve more with their data.

Watch the the closing event below or see all available talks and presentations in playlist by clicking the icon: Playlist icon