Posts tagged data science
Innovation Unleashed: A Pay for Success Retrospective

Since the first few Pay for Success projects (also known as Social Impact Bonds) were launched in the US and UK between 2010 and 2013, interest in these complex funding tools has exploded, with dozens launched or put in development in the US alone. And momentum hasn’t stopped: in February 2018, Congress solidified the movement by passing the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA), designed to facilitate the launch of new PFS projects and provide federal funding for successful outcomes. Yet even as Pay for Success evolves and grows, its structure remains complicated and ill-defined.

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Investing in Hearing Solutions For Children in Economically Disadvantaged Communities

In 2018, earAccess tapped the Sorenson Impact Foundation for funding, and the student fellows at the Sorenson Impact Center jumped on the project. Students conducted impact research, financial modeling, market analysis and more to form an educated opinion on the success of earAccess's business model. Learn about earAccess and their impact.

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Kindergarten Readiness in Coastal Oregon

In 2017, the Northwest Oregon Kinder Ready Collaborative asked the Sorenson Impact Center to examine eight school districts' education data to inform their journey of developing a preschool program, aiming to increase Kindergarten readiness. Data scientist Gwendolyn Reynolds traveled to Oregon with her team, gathered mounds of data from hundreds of spreadsheets, and created a visualization to help explain the relationships found among different factors that influence early childhood learning.

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Who Gets Out and Stays Out? The Data on Recidivism.

People cycling in and out of the justice system is one of our country's most persistent problems. The term “recidivism” is a common term we hear in our work with governments and providers, and many Pay for Success projects attempt to lower the recidivism rate for groups of people, including Massachusetts’ pioneering collaboration with Roca. I was surprised, therefore, when I was explaining to my in-laws at a family dinner what I was doing at work and received only blank stares: “what is recidivism?”

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