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The Learning Conference 2015

June 10–11, 2015

Boston, Mass.

Short Talk 1: The Fundamental Flaw of the Social Sector

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM–11:15 AM EDT
Martha’s Vineyard (Main Lobby Level)
Session Description

In this short talk, Andrew Means, founder of The Impact Lab, will talk about the fundamental flaw of the social sector: the lack of real-time information about what is working. This leads to distortions in the philanthropic market that hamper our abilities to make the progress we seek. Never fear, there’s still hope! Data science can correct these distortions and radically change the way the social sector works. Means will share stories from his work applying the tools and methods of data science to social problems and lay out a vision for how data can help us make a more efficient and effective sector.

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Andrew Means, The Impact Lab
Speaker Biography

Andrew Means is Co-Founder of The Impact Lab, a data science shop that works with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies on solving social problems. He has previously held leadership positions at The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy, Groupon, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago and is a trained Six Sigma Green Belt from Motorola. Andrew is Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Supply and a member of the Board of Directors at Ingenuity Inc.

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