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Data Impact Lab

Where advanced students tackle important, high-impact problems with external partners

Impact Lab

In the Impact Lab, students who have completed the Challenge Lab apply and deepen their skills by working on real problems with social sector partners. In a model analogous to clinical training in medicine, the Impact Lab engages students in projects to help high-impact and data-driven partners become even more effective. Past international projects have focused on poverty alleviation and malaria elimination. Past domestic projects have focused on data journalism and local government services.

The Impact Lab gives students the opportunity to learn and apply more advanced skills on complex, long-term projects. Through it we can help transfer state-of-the-art data techniques into the social sector. We seek partners who belong to communities of practice, so that improvements in data capacity can extend beyond the individual organizations to their broader communities.

By engaging students in some of the best data-driven work in the social sector, we hope to inspire some with ways they can make a difference after graduation.