Data Science for Social Impact in Higher Education:  First Steps

Kayecee Palisoc

MS Computational Analysis and Public Policy student and Community Data Fellow at University of Chicago

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Witnessing the development of the projects in a short period, and their potential to create impactful solutions for our community partners has been remarkable,” shared Kayecee Palisoc (MS Computational Analysis and Public Policy ‘24), reflecting on her experience as a Fellow. Prior to pursuing an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at UChicago, Kayecee was an analytics practitioner in the Philippines, with more than six years of work experience in the private sector and two plus years at the Asian Development Bank. She is passionate about the intersection of data, technology, and policy. Along with Angelica Sun (MS Statistics ‘24), Kayecee collaborated with the State of Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion on a community impact project for their Business Enterprise Program (BEP). The BEP provides certifications for businesses owned by women, minorities, and people with disabilities, creating economic opportunities for these businesses to apply for State of Illinois contracts. Kayecee and Angelica used census and Commission data to develop a series of interactive maps that visualize the density of Business Enterprise Program certified businesses in Illinois, which helps the Commission identify community areas that would benefit from more investment.

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