DataCorps 2013: And They're Off!

November 16, 2013

On Saturday, the next slate of DataCorps Ambassadors announced their new projects.  These intrepid data do-gooders are going to be putting in many volunteer hours over the next few months to help their organizations transform how they use their data to fulfill their missions. Help us cheer them along as they get started!   
 

Medic Mobile

Medic Mobile's mission is to improve health in under-served communities using mobile technology.  It can be difficult to measure the impact of their programs, however, so ambassadors Will High and Cat Miller, along with Josh Nesbit and Dianna Kane from Medic Mobile, will be leading the way on a new project to help them see how they can employ the Lives Saved Tool, a database of health outcome data, to better understand how they're having an impact.
 

GiveDirectly

This amazing NGO has been making headlines lately with their unique approach to helping the poor-- giving out money with no strings attached.  Our DataCorps team, led by Brian Abelson and Kush Varshney, is going to work with the visionary Joy Sun to use satellite imagery to identify areas of higher and lower poverty in which they can deploy their programs.
 

Thorn

Sonia Mehta, Sonali Murarka, and Seth Feaster are leading a DataCorps team with Claire Schmidt that will work with Thorn, whose mission is to stop the sexual exploitation of children. Their work is aimed towards combing through data from thousands of public forum posts to expose behaviors of child predators that will help law enforcement better act on online crimes in their areas.
 

The Mission Continues

Chris Tynan and Alex Vaughn are teaming up to help The Mission Continues to better serve post-9/11 veterans who are transitioning to civilian life through volunteering. Through thousands of online surveys, they hope to find the most effective programs for veterans and uncover other patterns that will help The Mission Continues provide more effective care.