Data Science Group

The Philea Data Science Group brings together data scientists and data enthusiasts working within the philanthropic sector.  The regular meetings address the potential advantages of using data analysis for the social sector as well as its risks and pitfalls and strategies to limit them (i.e. through the choices we make on what data to collect, how to collect, analyse, and interpret data, and use of data for decision making).

Data for good is about using analytics and data to help humanity. Applying data for social good can lead to new and creative ways to address global issues in a more targeted and efficient manner, rendering data for good essential for philanthropic organisations. The private sector long ago mastered the use of data to achieve its goals. Now, it is time for the social sector to do the same.

The efficient use of data can help the philanthropic sector target its actions, improve decision-making and ultimately effect positive change in a more effective manner. Furthermore, data and analytics can help philanthropic organisations better target their communications outreach and understand the platforms and audience segments they target. Information and insights can drive the philanthropic strategy and agenda, which in turn can create increased impact in targeted communities.


Jack O’Neill
Data Officer
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