Harnessing the power of data science to tackle society’s greatest challenges.

data.org is a platform for partnerships to build the field of data science for social impact. We work with organizations from all over the world to increase the use of data science in order to improve the lives of millions of people.

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Develop use cases to show what great looks like

We fund selected organizations and high-potential projects to demonstrate the transformational power of data science for social impact. Use cases will serve as examples that can be applied to similar problems across the social sector.


Strengthen capacity of people and organizations

At data.org, we work to expand the talent pool of data science for social impact experts, in partnership with academia, public, and private organizations. We want to help organizations recruit more of these experts to their teams and  enhance the capacity of leaders to forge change within their organizations.


Support policies and frameworks

data.org convenes doers, thinkers, and influencers to advance public goods to transform the ecosystem of data science for social impact. We aim to make datasets for social impact more accessible while adhering to the principles of responsible data use. We support the creation of data governance standards and legal frameworks, and robust research that propels the field forward.

The data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

Transformative change can happen only by tapping into the expertise of a broad pool of thinkers and doers. In 2020, data.org launched the $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge. as part of our commitment to building the field of data science for social impact.

The Challenge called for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive, especially in the wake of COVID-19’s health and economic impact. In early 2021, we awarded funding and technical assistance to eight exemplary awardees from a pool of over 1,200 applications.

How data science can help boost college graduation rates

A data philanthropy project is helping one university identify students at risk of dropping out – and intervene before it’s too late.

Using data-driven insights to help revive a historic New Orleans neighborhood

Mastercard data-driven insights reflect consumer spending and store openings up sharply, proving that neglected neighborhoods warrant investment.

DataKind’s Approach, Weaving Together Disparate Worlds, More Needed Than Ever

DataKind is a "weaver of worlds", bringing together social change organizations tackling big social problems and data scientists who are generally paid to help companies boost profits. data.org supports DataKind with $20 million over five years, as part of the collaborative effort between the Rockefeller Foundation and Mastercard to build the field of data science for social impact.

Seeking Solutions That Lead to Inclusive Growth and Recovery: How We Can Tackle Housing Insecurity through the Power of Data Science

Real-time evidence generation for policymakers is proving more critical than ever before as they need to rapidly respond to an evolving crisis. These stories can be an example of the many we hope surface through our Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge to use data science for social impact.

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