Introduction

  • Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) enables not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises 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.
  • It does this by providing unprecedented access to top-tier data science talent and building their capacity to use cutting-edge quantitative methods to address important societal challenges across education, health, energy, public safety, transportation and economic development.
  • 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.

Third sector organisations across the UK and beyond are now invited to submit their data science projects to the DSSGx Turing UK Summer Fellowship, an affiliate programme of the DSSG Foundation’s core summer fellowship in the US. 

DSSGx is led by The Alan Turing Institute, in partnership with the University of Warwick, the Office for National Office for Statistics (ONS) and Imperial College London. This 12-week initiative will run from 15 June to 5 September 2020 at the University of Warwick, and will see students, PhDs, and graduates come together to develop their skills and work on projects submitted by charities.
 

Who can apply for DSSGx?

Project partners are typically, but not always, non-profits and government organisations. However, the Turing also works with corporations and startups with a social mission. If your organisation wants to tackle critical social challenges and believes that data science tools could improve operations and interventions with tangible social impact, your organisation may be eligible to become a DSSGx project partner. 

Why apply?

DSSGx has a proven track record of helping third sector organisations to improve their operations and interventions with tangible social impact.

As a project partner, you will receive:

  • a strong data science team that cares about your challenges
  • a prototype solution (report, predictive model and software) that helps solve your problem using data science tools
  • exposure and training – for the project at hand but also how to tackle these projects technically as well as through validation.

Previous projects have tackled a range of issues, including: providing better outcomes for people sleeping rough; identifying foster agencies that are of higher risk of providing a poor quality service to children; and accelerating the process of healthcare findings arriving in clinical practice.

How to apply

Projects must be submitted via the Turing’s application portal. Applicants will need to register. The deadline for projects to be submitted is 12 noon on 17 February 2020.

Dr Sebastian Vollmer, DSSGx Turing UK Summer Fellowship Project Lead and Turing Fellow, said: 

“DSSGx provides a unique opportunity for third sector organisations to collaborate with experts at the Turing - the UK’s national institute for data science and AI - the University of Warwick, the Office for National Office for Statistics (ONS) and Imperial College London. For 12 weeks, non-profit organisations and social enterprises will benefit from unprecedented access to a team of highly-qualified and motivated data scientists who will address important social challenges to deliver tangible impact. We’ve found that DSSGx continues to deliver results for project partners well beyond the 12-week lifecycle of the initiative.”
 

Find out more about DSSGx and becoming a DSSGx project partner.