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Data Impact Lab

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

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 efforts have included projects focused on poverty alleviation and malaria elimination. Past domestic efforts have included projects focused on Covid-19 and data journalism.

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. And many of our students have been inspired to pursue impactful, data-driven careers in the social sector after graduation.