DataCorps

DataCorps

A DataCorps project builds on what you can discover from your data by creating a bespoke data science solution, model, or tool for your organisation.

A DataCorps is a six to twelve-month-long data project that unites you with a team of experienced data scientists to build and implement a data-driven way to transform your operations. By the end, your organisation will be using data science as part of your day-to-day to support your mission.

  • Ellie, Manager, The Welcome Centre
    Without doing [a DataCorps], we wouldn’t be able to help clients in the way we do, we would be handing out a food pack and not much more. I think it’s really easy to be scared of data, and be scared of GDPR, and be scared of all of these things. But if you can embrace the idea and move forwards with it, it can be a really positive thing for you as an organisation and the people you’re working with.
    Ellie, Manager, The Welcome Centre
  • Global Witness logo
    We worked with two teams from DataKind UK's brilliant community for two years. It helped us understand how data science techniques can support our research and campaigning. The project findings have been instrumental in our campaign for greater corporate transparency in the UK and further afield. They have had a direct impact on how the UK government collects and processes data on who controls companies.
    Sam, Data Lead, Global Witness

What does a typical project involve?

What does a DataCorps involve?

Some of our DataCorps begin as DataDives, such as the Welcome Centre below.

A typical project might be the development of a machine learning model, a dashboard, or a piece of analysis:

A logistic or predictive question based on existing data, such as What percentage of the community that we serve will use our clean water program next quarter?

Algorithms that automate regular tasks to save time and money, or lead to more data-informed decisions, e.g. identifying where best to target your services.


Software for interacting with data or answering specific business questions, such as a visualization that takes datasets, combines them, and shows the right information to help with decision-making.

We want other organisations to be inspired by your amazing work, so although we won’t publish your data at any time, we’ll talk to you about writing up your project and how we will share the outcomes.

The best way to see how fantastic the results can be is to read about some of our previous projects.

Some of our DataCorps Projects

We worked with the Welcome Centre, a food bank in Huddersfield, to identify those most likely to need extra support. The resulting risk model helps their advisors to fast-track support to high-need cases. This project is a finalist in the European Data Science Awards 2019 for Best use of Data to achieve Social Impact. Read their story or learn more in the video.

“Without doing that, we wouldn’t be able to help clients in the way we do, we would be handing out a food pack and not much more. I think it’s really easy to be scared of data, and be scared of GDPR, and be scared of all of these things. But if you can embrace the idea and move forwards with it, it can be a really positive thing for you as an organisation and the people you’re working with.”

Ellie, Manager, The Welcome Centre

 

Global Witness is an NGO working to confront corruption and the systems that enable it, including anonymous shell companies - often used to launder money and cover up corruption, fraud and tax evasion. Over seven months, a team of four pro bono data scientists helped Global Witness to produce the world’s first network graph mapping all UK public data on those who control corporate interests in the UK - more than 4.5 million companies and 4 million individual people. Read about their DataCorps and their amazing blog on the results.

"We worked with two teams from DataKind UK's brilliant community for two years. It helped us understand how data science techniques can support our research and campaigning. The project findings have been instrumental in our campaign for greater corporate transparency in the UK and further afield. They have had a direct impact on how the UK government collects and processes data on who controls companies."

Sam, Data Lead, Global Witness

Submit a Project

If you're ready, send us your project application. Tell us as much as you can about your needs so we can understand how to best work with you. We will contact you shortly afterwards to talk about your application.