ADP Call for Applications
The University of Utah’s Sorenson Impact Center aims to help PFS projects across the United States with their administrative data needs, including data gathering, preparation, security, and analysis. Through this selection process, the Center will seek to provide technical assistance for a period of between one and two years. This is made possible by a grant from the Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Administrative data is now more accessible than ever. Data.gov makes available more than 210,000 datasets on nearly every issue area related to PFS projects. The proliferation of data is so rapid that one frequently cited report estimated that 90% of data in the world was created in the previous two years alone (www.sintef.no/en/latest-news/big-data--for-better-or-worse/). Despite the breadth of opportunities, there exist challenges in the use of data to support PFS projects.
The Center is offering its expertise to help advance PFS projects that are currently encountering technical, legal, or administrative barriers to accessing and understanding data. Through the RFP process, the Center will select up to four Service Recipients with varying needs. Some projects may require only minimal assistance, while others could take several months. This support may include:
• Assistance negotiating and structuring data sharing agreements
• Data visualizations, including charts, graphs, maps, and interactive features
• Statistical analysis of past trends, including projections of future trends,
• Consulting on data collection procedures at an organizational or project
• Merging of several datasets based on similar variables (even if the variables
do not match perfectly)
• Automatic processes for moving, merging, cleaning, and analyzing data
• Simple applications for manipulating and exploring data
• Feature engineering: creating new variables based on existing ones
• Help imputing missing data
• Advice on privacy, storage, governance, and security of sensitive data
• In short, anything a small team of data scientists could be reasonably
expected to do
• Rolling deadline open March 1, 2017
• Application Form can be found here.
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. The SIF fosters public and private collaborations to identify and support sustainable solutions that make a significant impact in transforming communities. For more information, visit NationalService.gov/Innovation