Tackling community issues such as economic mobility, improving access to food, housing and jobs to advance community health and well-being.
Solving social challenges requires knowledge and perspectives from across multiple disciplines. Our team includes statisticians, economists, public health experts, mathematicians and social psychologists, all working together to understand how information about populations combines to reveal new truths. We are located in Arlington, Virginia, a stone’s throw from Washington, D.C., and in close proximity to state and federal policymakers.
Our Areas of Focus
Our work is as diverse as the data we use. From the health of a neighborhood, to soldier performance and the very ability of local governments and communities to harness the power of their own data, we focus on four key social challenges.
Improving the well-being of citizens across the nation through the health of our national systems from food to defense to technology.
Assessing the use of non-survey data flows to supplement or enhance current development of Official Statistics.
Helping policymakers understand how information and influence spread through social and communication networks, and the thought processes underlying individual decision-making and collective behavior.
The Science of All Data
At the core of our research is a unique approach to addressing complex problems called, the Science of All Data. There are several facets to our approach from how we partner with stakeholders to what kind of data we use to our framework for actually doing data science, all of which are anchored by a strong bedrock of ethics.
Joint Statistical Meetings 2021
The Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) is the premier event—one of the largest statistical events in the world—for statisticians and data scientists in academia, industry, and government to exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration.
The 2021 JSM included an unprecedented number of speakers from the Social and Decision Analytics division who took part in the week-long lineup from August 8 -12, 2021.
Data Science for the Public Good
Division Director, Social and Decision Analytics
As leaders in data science research, we hold ourselves accountable and push to champion research and public policy on public good issues that will shape a healthy future for communities around the world.
Deputy Director, Social and Decision Analytics
Our Forum events take the discussion out into the community and to the public at large in an effort to encourage more civic engagement and strategic planning for the good of society.
Aaron Schroeder and Gizem Korkmaz
Young Scholars Program Co-directors and Research Associate Professors
Our Young Scholars Program introduces students to the field of data science in a way that provides experiential learning alongside research mentors to get students interested in civic engagement by focusing on real-world, public good projects.