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Member Forum: At the Intersection of Data Science and Social Science

June 8, 2018 10:20 AM

2018 Institutional Member Forum

September 13, 2018 | Luncheon (Exact time TBD) | Mathematica Policy Research

Mathematica_Anniverary_Logo_4_colorIn 1968, Mathematica led the nation’s first major social research experiment, which helped spur a revolution in the application of social science to public policies and programs. For more than four decades, researchers tinkered on the margins of their methods, but the “gold standard’ of social science remained much the same.

The proliferation of new digital data sources and the development of new programming languages that can quickly make sense of these data are changing the nature of how public policy makers and the general public understand how government works – and when it doesn’t.

Initially, many established social science researchers scoffed at the idea that their computer science colleagues could find meaningful ways to harness big data for public good, but more and more data scientists are doing just that. This discussion will focus on the road ahead for data and social science, how to communicate better when the lanes merge, and what this all means for getting to better-informed policies and programs that improve public well-being.

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