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University of Utah, Sorenson Impact Center: Administrative Data Pilot

Deadline: January 17, 2017

The University of Utah’s Sorenson Impact Center aims to help Pay for Success (PFS) projects across the U.S. with their administrative data needs, including data gathering, preparation, security, and analysis. The Center is offering its expertise to help advance PFS projects that are currently encountering technical, legal, or administrative barriers to accessing and understanding data. The Center will select up to four Service Recipients with varying needs. Some projects may require only minimal assistance, while others could take several months. This support may include:

  • Assistance negotiating and structuring data sharing agreements
  • Data visualizations, including charts, graphs, maps, and interactive features
  • Statistical analysis of past trends, including projections of future trends, when possible
  • Consulting on data collection procedures at an organizational or project level
  • Merging of several datasets based on similar variables (even if the variables do not match perfectly)
  • Automatic processes for moving, merging, cleaning, and analyzing data
  • Simple applications for manipulating and exploring data
  • Feature engineering: creating new variables based on existing ones
  • Help imputing missing data
  • Advice on privacy, storage, governance, and security of sensitive data
  • In short, anything a small team of data scientists could be reasonably expected to do

Amount: The Center will seek to provide services for up to four Service Recipients per year over a three- year period (up to 12 total Service Recipients). Service Recipients will each receive between $75,000-$400,000 in technical assistance.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, public or nonprofit universities, state and local governments, tribes, as well as faith-based organizations operating in the U.S. that are actively involved with a Pay for Success project. This includes entities that are at some stage of project development (e.g. feasibility or structuring) as well as PFS finance projects that have launched but can demonstrate that the Center’s services would result in a higher quality PFS project.

Organizations eligible to serve as a Service Recipient include nonprofit organizations; state and local governments (and other political subdivisions); tribes; and faith-based organizations.

Link: http://eccles.utah.edu/sorenson-impact-center/rfp/

Note: On December 12 there will be an informational webinar for potential applicants. After the January 17th deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funds remain available.

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