Stephen Downes

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This report (88 page PDF) focuses on what it calls the the data for social impact (DSI) sector, though its findings could be more broadly applied. The focus is to "bring visibility to an emerging pool of talent: data professionals focused on social impact in developing contexts" and to consider how to "accelerate this labor market segment, particularly when it comes to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA)." Because this is an emerging sector, there is limited capacity in traditional institutions, and there is concern that the "proliferation of non-traditional training models, including massive open online courses (MOOCs), lack evidence of efficacy." The advice, therefore, is no surprise: "invest in applied learning and stronger links to professional placement and advancement" and "coordinate complementary efforts... to advance DSI as a field." Via Inge de Waard.

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