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The Center for Impact Sciences is pioneering the use of data standardization for social impact. By advancing a uniform language for impact, the Center will empower policymakers and investors to innovate, benchmark, and predict social impact.
The field of social science has struggled to define its meaning of “science”. Science is more than just a research methodology; true science is a systematically organized body of knowledge that enables prediction, replication, and generalizability.
This is the promise of Impact Science. Just as econometrics employs statistics, math and modeling to forecast future economic outcomes, impact science seeks to “harden” social science by using structured data to forecast social outcomes.
The center will explore cutting-edge and disruptive use cases for impact science in the form of new tools, systems and technologies for achieving social impact. To achieve its mission, the Center for Impact Sciences has four key priorities:
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To get involved or learn more about the Center for Impact Sciences, email Jason Saul.
John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. He received his B.S. in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wyoming.