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Data Makes a Difference

Put Your Analytics Skills to Good Use Helping People, Communities, and Society

Analytics opportunities aren’t only found in the business world. Nonprofits, government agencies, and community organizations use data to address important issues in society. Carlson School analytics students are using data to make a positive difference in people’s lives. So can you.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Data analytics are transforming how farms grow food. More efficient use of resources, better crop yields, and a healthier planet are all within reach with the help of data scientists working for agribusinesses like Land O' Lakes. Carlson School analytics students (and alumni) are part of that progress.

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Housing Stability

Data holds the potential to solve important social issues like housing stability for vulnerable people. For example, Carlson School students have used data to increase fairness in the rental market and to predict likely evictions before they happen. This helps individuals and families and also contributes to healthier communities.

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Better Medicine

Relying on data is nothing new in the health and medical fields. But advancements in technology and computing have made it possible to capture and store more detailed data than ever before. Now it's up to analytics professionals to search these vast data repositories for insights and answers. Working in this arena can mean searching for the cause, a cure, or a better treatment, such as in this story about addiction therapy.

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Food Security

In our complex world, getting goods and resources to where they are most needed can be a challenge. For example, the persistent hunger problem in the world's richest country might be solved if food relief organizations had a better way to get available assistance to people in need. Enter data analytics. This story is another example of the social impact of analytics.

Using Data to Make a Difference

MSBA alum Sharada Narayanan '16 hellpd a major hospital forecast patient counts in order to ensure critical nurse staffing
MSBA alum Bryce Quesnel '18 helped improve housing stability for at-risk people
MSBA alum Siyue Wu, '16, helped a pharmaceutical maker improve safety for patients on medication
Grace Wilson, '21 MSBA, helped a relief agency find more people in need of food assistance benefits
MSBA alumn Mainak Roy used data to help improve addiction therapy
MSBA alum Sharada Narayanan '16 hellpd a major hospital forecast patient counts in order to ensure critical nurse staffing
MSBA alum Bryce Quesnel '18 helped improve housing stability for at-risk people
MSBA alum Siyue Wu, '16, helped a pharmaceutical maker improve safety for patients on medication
Grace Wilson, '21 MSBA, helped a relief agency find more people in need of food assistance benefits
MSBA alumn Mainak Roy used data to help improve addiction therapy

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