What happens when you set up a social changemaker with a data scientist? How does having a data component shape social change objectives and outcomes? When it is built into a social change strategy from the start, how can data visualization help communicate results? And how do changemakers know when they’ve found their true data connection? Jake Porway, data scientist and nonprofit matchmaker, tells us what makes for a successful marriage.
Jake Porway is the founder of DataKind, which seeks to match nonprofits in need of data analysis with freelance and pro bono data scientists who can work to help them with data collection, analysis, visualization or decision support. Previously, Porway worked as a data scientist in research and development at The New York Times, exploring the relationships between social media and the process of creating and sharing news, as well as developing interfaces for interaction with new devices. He was also a research scientist at UtopiaCompression, where he handled high-dimensional data visualization and abstraction.
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