Promise and Perils of Data Science for Development
On May 25, 2023, Social Impact hosted its Evidence for Impact webinar: "Promise and Perils of Data Science for Development". This webinar discussed how data science can be used to improve development effectiveness. Highlighting both the promise and perils of these methods, the presentation showcases recent projects that use machine learning to improve program targeting at USAID and to develop forecasts of political events to inform USAID strategy. The presentation concluded with critical reflections from within USAID on the promise and pitfalls of using data science for development.