Data Clinic

We harness the power of data and technology to help nonprofits, government agencies, and academic institutions have greater impact on the communities they serve
 

What We Do

We leverage Two Sigma’s people, data science skills, and technological know-how to support our partners in their effort to use data more effectively.

We believe rigorous data analysis can help organizations in many ways. Optimizing daily operations, quantifying impact, and understanding how you can affect even greater change in the service of your community to name a few.

We share our expertise, teach our way of thinking, and source the right talent from within Two Sigma to address our partners’ particular challenges.

How We Work

Step 1
Volunteers

One way we believe we can deliver value to the community is by contributing in kind. Volunteer efforts at the Data Clinic are rooted in our core skills and competencies, and all employees have the opportunity to donate their time and analytic expertise to social good projects.

Step 2
Engagement

Our carefully assembled volunteer engagement team partners closely with an organization over a three-to-four-month period to manage the project from discovery to delivery.

Step 3
Research + Development

We start by getting on the same page: aligning on scope, deliverables, format, and timing. Over the course of the engagement, we stay connected to ensure our partner is learning along the way.

Step 4
Results + Impact

Deliverables vary based on the engagement, but the most important takeaway is an understanding of how to independently use data and technology more effectively and efficiently moving forward.

Our Work

DonorsChoose.org
When public school classrooms crowd-source their needs, who gets funded (and who doesn’t)?
The HOPE Program
Comparing the outcomes of two job training courses
Environmental Defense Fund
How can past oil and gas well inspections help reduce future environmental violations?
CollegeBound Initiative
Setting goals for college guidance programs in NYC public schools
Vera Institute of Justice
Explaining the U.S. urban-rural incarceration divide
New York Hall of Science
Investigating visitor behavior at an interactive museum exhibit

Contact Us

Learning more about your mission, your organization, and your needs helps us understand the hard problems you face and how we can partner with you.

Contact the Data Clinic at
DataClinicInfo@twosigma.com

CollegeBound Initiative
Setting goals for college guidance programs in NYC public schools

The CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), a division of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, partners with 30+ NYC schools to help get students into college. CBI needed a way to measure their past success, and to set performance targets for future partner schools. Data Clinic volunteers calculated the effect of CBI on partner schools and provided CBI with an interactive worksheet they could use to set future expectations.

DonorsChoose.org
When public school classrooms crowd-source their needs, who gets funded (and who doesn’t)?

DonorsChoose.org, an online platform for public school teachers to post requests for classroom materials, needed a way to understand which projects got fully funded (and which didn’t), and the types of people funding them. Data Clinic volunteers built models to help identify these characteristics. DonorsChoose.org now has a data-driven plan to help teachers get the most out of their posts, and to target marketing efforts.

Environmental Defense Fund
How can past oil and gas well inspections help reduce future environmental violations?

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is committed to improving the enforcement of safety regulations in the oil and gas industry. State agencies have limited resources to conduct inspections of oil and gas wells. A Data Clinic team analyzed more than 132,000 inspections in Pennsylvania to identify well sites at-risk of having more violations, so EDF can better work with agencies to focus their future inspections efforts.

New York Hall of Science
Investigating visitor behavior at an interactive museum exhibit

The most popular exhibit at the New York Hall of Science , Connected Worlds, aims to teach children how ecosystems work through an immersive experience. Although visually stunning, the exhibit is less educational than museum staff would prefer, since visitors have trouble understanding how their behavior impacts the bigger picture. A Data Clinic team analyzed data on 1,300+ visitor sessions, providing narrative insights and recommendations for improving the educational experience by showcasing how what visitors do (or don’t do) can affect the fate of the ecosystem.

The HOPE Program
Comparing the outcomes of two job training courses

The HOPE Program helps disadvantaged New Yorkers find employment. HOPE offers a 12-week general course and an 8-week specialized course focusing on the retail food industry. Which one works better? A Data Clinic analysis revealed that participants with specific characteristics did better in certain courses. Guiding participants toward these programs could ensure greater success.

Vera Institute of Justice
Explaining the U.S. urban-rural incarceration divide

The Vera Institute of Justice discovered there was a growing urban-rural divide in local jail populations, but they needed help looking into the drivers of this trend. Using jail data along with county and state socio-demographics, a team of Data Clinic volunteers constructed a model that could explain half of the urban-rural variation. They used this model to identify counties with exceptionally high/low local jail rates for future research.

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