DAta science
for social good

We help non-profit, non-governmental and governmental organizations harness the power of their data to improve its impact on the community.

COVID-19
DATAPOINT

Data Repository

We have been working on daily updating a data repository containing data regarding COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, accessible on Github.

Show Cases

We have gathered here some of the many use cases of our repository by institutions from civil society, associations, collectives and individuals.

Open Letter

For a better data strategy release

In this letter, we go very deep into the problems of the current data strategy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, but more importantly, we offer constructive suggestions on how to improve it and make a strong case for true Open Data. We also offer our pro-bono help for anything related to data that’s necessary during this crisis, alongside other organizations.

Current signataries: – Associação Nacional de Médicos de Saúde Pública (ANMSP); Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias e Serviços de Saúde (CINTESIS); Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto (FMUP); Movimento tech4Covid19 Movement.

Who are we?

Data Science for Social Good Portugal is an open community of data scientists, data lovers and data enthusiasts that want to tackle problems that really matter. We believe in the power of data to transform our society for the better, for everyone.

How can an organization benefit from data?

Optimize Resources

Resources are often scarce for an organization. Using data, you can manage the application of your resources more wisely.

Maximize efficiency

Data has the power to bring an analysis closer to reality. Thus, the decision-makers can make the best decision in view of the circumstances in a future scenario.

Increase Impact

An organization's mission is its promise. Data can reveal how much impact your programs are having on the community or area where you operate.

How do we work

Beneficiaries

NPO

We meet with a member of the beneficiary working on projects with social impact to better understand their problems and data sources.

Volunteers

We assemble a group of volunteers to work as a team. We select people with all types of data skills willing to work on concrete social good projects.

Projects

Volunteers work alongside the organization in a project aiming at transforming their data into actionable knowledge that can increase their social impact.

Our projects

Identification of causes and optimisation of waiting times for veterinary consultations at AZP’s veterinary hospital.

ACTIVE PROJECT
Beneficiaries: AZP

Analysis of Civil Protection data on anomalous environmental phenomena: the case of Hurricane Leslie.

ACTIVE PROJECT
Beneficiaries: VOST

Does your organization need some help with a data project?

We can even help you introduce a data culture in your organization. We are always on the lookout for a new challenge.

Drop us a note here to see if we can help!

A diverse team

A diverse team

You don’t need to be a data scientist, there’s lots of ways that you can get involved with using Data for Good.

Want to be part of the fun?

We welcome volunteers with all types of profiles. You can find more info below!

Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteers

DSSG offers projects designed with and for charities, non-profits and public administration. Occasionally, we may offer projects in partnership with companies, if (and only if) the project has no profitability goals and significant social impact. We try to pick Beneficiaries whose mission is aligned with at least one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

When designing Projects, we give priority to the creation of value for the Beneficiary. Depending on the Beneficiary, value may be found in different stages of the Data Science pipeline, so each Project will be unique: while one may require a lot of data cleaning and visualization/exploration, another may be about developing predictive models. Transversal to all is our commitment to concrete deliverables. So developing (interactive) reports, web or smartphones apps is almost a given. 

 
 

A DSSG Volunteer Team consists of a Project Manager (PM), a Technical Lead (TL) and a variable number of Volunteers (up to a maximum team size of 5 to 6 people). We promote very flat and informal team hierarchies, so think of the PM and TL as moderators, rather than supervisors.  

Each person will get something different from this experience. Some people highlight the opportunity to use their skills for Social Good causes, while others value the networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities with other data enthusiasts. Projects are also a great way to pick up new skills in the best of the learning environments: the real world! 

What do you think you will gain from this experience?

To maximize Project delivery success and promote a balanced work rhythm, we usually settle on Projects with clearly defined goals and estimated durations of 2-3 months.

We expect Volunteers to be able to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to a Project. This weekly commitment is, of course, flexible: in certain weeks the Project itself may slow down a bit,  while in others you yourself may be extra caught up with work/school/life. If you will be less available on a specific week, just let your Project Manager and Team know ASAP, so they can plan in advance. 

Yes. Some teams work entirely remotely, while others combine working face to face with working remotely. This will be discussed and decided during both recruitment and Project Kick-Off. Regardless, we provide standard industry tools for remote development and collaboration (project management, code hosting, issue tracking, instant communication, video calling, etc).

Once the Project is over, we will have a feedback session with the Beneficiary. Within 6 months of Project completion, we will check in with the Beneficiary to evaluate how they have benefited from our Project. These insights will be shared with everyone involved in the Project.

Once the Project is completed, you will be invited to share your experience in the DSSG Blog, by writing a collaborative blog post with your team and the Beneficiary. You are encouraged to share this on your social networks. You will also be added to the Project’s Team on DSSG’s website and will receive a Certificate of this volunteering experience.

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