Data for Social Good: Innovation in the Next Administration

Our Data for Social Good effort, in partnership with Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, aims to better understand the impact of data on social and public outcomes. In a series of curated workshops, events, and reports, the MDI and the Beeck Center will engage a network of cross-sector experts to discuss how big data could play a major role in ameliorating difficult problems like discrimination, poverty, and crime, and how big data could help governments and public service organizations better utilize their resources to tackle these challenges.

Data for Social Good: Innovation in the Next Administration

On October 6, 2016, the McCourt School and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation will host the second convening of Data for Social Good that will explore how the next administration can institutionalize innovation in federal policy making and what strategies the 2016 presidential transition teams should be building to better prioritize innovation in government. The event, which will include guests from the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, will coincide with the debut of a joint McCourt School and Beeck Center report, “The Architecture of Innovation: Institutionalizing Innovation in Federal Policy Making”, outlining recommendations to the 2016 presidential transition teams on how the Executive Branch could prioritize innovation in government.

The Architecture of Innovation: Institutionalizing Innovation in Federal Policy Making     Innovation Report- Executive Summary     Innovation Report- Key Findings

Data for Social Good: Reaching Underserved Communities

The Massive Data Institute at the McCourt School and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation facilitated a conversation with thought leaders in Big Data and civic technology to discuss how these tools can be used in public policy and social innovation, particularly for underserved communities. The event convened industry leaders for two separate panel discussions, one focused on Unlocking Data Across Sectors, featuring opening remarks by Karen Kornbluh, Executive Vice President of The Nielsen Company, and the other on Leveraging Data to Improve International Development.

White House, Georgetown Team Up for Big Data Workshop

On June 19, 2014, the MDI hosted a workshop in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy called “Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies,” focused on the opportunities and challenges ahead for federal agencies in light of the increasing availability of massive data sets. The event, keynoted by former counselor to President Obama John Podesta, was part of ongoing effort by the Obama administration to engage subject matter experts and the public in a national discussion about the future of data innovation and policy. Learn more about this past MDI event.

Innovation Expert Discusses Challenges, Opportunities of Technological Growth

Leading technology and innovation expert Alec Ross visited the McCourt School to discuss his book, “Industries of the Future”, and describe the ways in which technology is likely to shape society within the next decade and beyond. His message focused on the rapid and often times uncomfortable change that displaces jobs, diminishes reasonable expectation of privacy, and causes socioeconomic status to be the driving determinant of one’s overall success or failure. Policymakers, he said, have an opportunity – albeit a challenging one – to adapt and begin curing these ills.