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CENTRE FOR DATA SCIENCE AND SOCIAL IMPACT (CDSSI)

The Centre for Data Science and Social Impact (CDSSI) at ISDM aims to build capacity, capability and platforms for the social sector to leverage the power of data and data science. 

Vision

To enable the SPO community to leverage the power of data to scale its operations, efficiency and impact by building knowledge, capacity, capability, platforms, partnerships and practices.

Mission

To leverage the power of data and technologies through:

Knowledge Creation

Create and disseminate high-quality, actionable knowledge on data and data sciences to inform and shape the development sector.

Impacting Practice

Impact data and data science use through convenings, events, workshops, learning modules, articles, discussions etc, with evidence.

Building networks

Forge partnerships to bring global expertise into India and vice versa, and lead the conversation on the adoption and use of data and data science in the Indian development sector, to drive scalable social change.

Theory Of Change

Data and disruptive technologies are essential enablers to achieve social impact at scale, with speed and efficiency. There have been several technological advancements in leveraging data to build powerful analytics, visualisations and AI/ML models in the for-profit sector. The social sector too would benefit from the use of data and data science, and by building capacities and partnerships to leverage this progress.

CDSSI will assist SPOs in this direction by creating and disseminating actionable knowledge on data and data sciences, impacting data and data science practices and approaches, and by building partnerships and networks to drive scalable social change.

Activities

Landscape Study

Assessing and mapping the current landscape of data science usage, players, challenges, opportunities and trends in SPOs

Data Maturity Assessment

Building models, tools and processes to gauge the levels of adoption, practices and expertise in using data for an SPO

Hackathon

The ISDM CDSSI Hackathon: Code 4 Change (C4C) is an opportunity for data science enthusiasts to create innovative solutions and make a positive impact on the lives of marginalised groups.

Learning modules

Building learning modules for understanding the power of data and its applications in the social sector

Fellowships

The CDSSI Fellowship 2024-25: Digital Public Goods For Social Impact offers Fellows the opportunity to develop Digital Public Goods (DPGs) for the social sector.

Key Stakeholders

CDSSI intends to bring together multiple stakeholders and contribute towards building a stronger community for sustainable social change.

Social Purpose Organisations
Social Purpose Organisations
Tech solution providers
Tech solution providers
Industry experts
Industry experts
Donors, funders and enabling organisations
Donors, funders and enabling organisations
Academia, researchers and students
Academia, researchers and students
Cloud platforms providers
Cloud platforms providers
Volunteers (technology, project management and others)
Volunteers (technology, project management and others)

Indian School of Development Management, supported by Citi India's CSR efforts, launched the Centre for Data Science and Social Impact (CDSSI) to connect Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) with funders, academia, tech enablers and other experts, to drive rapid adoption of data and data science by the social sector.

Admission open for PGP-DM