Over the past few years governments and non-profits have gotten more and more data about the problems they’re trying to solve. Where people are sick, where buildings are vacant, who isn’t being reached. The resources to analyze and act on that information hasn’t grown nearly as fast. Recognizing the disconnect, last year Rayid Ghani decided to do something about it. The former chief scientist for Obama for America and current University of Chicago fellow created Data Science for Social Good.
The program works to connect organizations with students who can solve problems with data. As WBEZ’s Chris Hagan reports, the program wants to accomplish more than just introducing the two sides, but change the way both think about society’s problems.