Using data science for social good by Antonio Campello

Despite providing essential services, the social sector isn’t yet making full use of data science to shape its services and maximise its impact. DataKind UK exists to support charities to do just that. We exist to build the capacity of the sector to use data science, so that charities can better understand their activities, their impact and the communities they serve, and in doing so, increase the impact they have on those communities. Over the years, DataKind UK has worked with a wide range of social change organisations including mentorship providers, advice providers, food distributors, and charities tackling homelessness. Our volunteers have used a broad range of techniques to help these organisations from more traditional statistics, to mapping, web scraping, and natural language processing. In this session, we’ll share some of these real-world examples of using data science for social good, and we’ll share how you can get involved!