Data4Good: Our Projects

In our skilled volunteering projects, we connect data scientist volunteers from our network network of over 1900 volunteers with nonprofit organisations. Through those projects, our volunteers have the opportunity to apply their existing skills and gain new knowledge. At the same time, they support nonprofit organisations with solving their data-related challenges.

Over 2-6 months and in teams from 2-7 data scientists, our volunteers have tackled diverse data challenges of nonprofits: from data collection, data visualization and exploratory data analysis to automation, reporting and advanced statistical analyses using machine learning and deep learning techniques.

Requirements and general timeline

CorrelAid is happy to support all individuals and non-profit organizations that work in line with our values. Nevertheless, we might sometimes decide not to take up certain projects, e.g. if they have no clear educational value for our volunteers or if there are ethical concerns. In such cases, our Ethics Board decides whether the project will be carried out or not.

Since the beginning of 2021, we have organized our projects in the Project Cycle framework. This means that projects almost* always start with each quarter, i.e. at the beginning of January, April, July or October. The duration of the projects may well be less or more than three months, though.

Since our internal processes in the run-up to the start of the project cycle - sending out the call for applications, collecting applications, selecting the teams and onboarding - take about four weeks, you should contact us with your idea at least 1.5 months before the start of the project cycle.

*of course there can be exceptions :)



Data4Good Projects & COO

You can always reach out to Frie if you have any questions about our projects or if have an idea for a cool project!

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How much do the projects cost?

CorrelAid is a non-profit organisation that enables Data4Good projects by connecting social organisations with data scientists - we do not make any profit with our projects. Our data scientists are skilled volunteers who volunteer their time and skills for free because they are convinced that the potential of data science should be accessible to society. Thanks to this commitment of our data scientists, you do not pay them for their work. Coordination work before, during and after the project is typically done by Frie, one of our three full-time employees. Frie’s position is funded by money acquired through grants or donations.

What’s the timeline of a project?

1. Project definition

1-3 weeks

Together with our project coordinators, you work on defining the challenge that you face. We then decide whether our volunteers can help you. If this is the case, we define the approximate scope and duration of the project and collect the content for the call for applications.

Your input: iterative exchange with project coordination team (in total ~1-3 hours)

2. Call for Applications and Team Selection

1-3 weeks

We send out the call for applications to our network and select a project team of 2-8 voluntary data analysts.

Your input: none

3. Onboarding and Kickoff

1-3 weeks

We onboard the team to all the tooling that we use for communication and collaboration. At the same time, our project coordiantors, the project lead and you plan the kickoff workshop where you and the team can meet, get to know each other and more clearly define goals, modes of collaboration and content of the project. For projects that are organized as part of a project cycle, this kickoff takes place either on the first or second weekend of the month starting the quarter (Friday evening & Saturday afternoon). For other projects, individual arrangements are made.

Your input: mandatory participation in kickoff event

4. Project work

1-6 months

The project team works on a solution for your data challenge while maintaining close and iterative exchange cycles with you. In this way, feedback cycles are kept short which in turn is important for the success of the project.

Your input: meet regularly with the project team (at least every 2 weeks), give feedback, answer questions of the project team in a responsive way

5. Handover

1 day - 2 weeks

In a workshop, the team hands over the results and outputs and explains to you how you can use and maintain them if applicable. If you need to host the output yourself (e.g. a dashboard), our volunteers work together with your IT experts to ensure that it can be successfully used in your organisation.

Your input: Participation in a handover workshop (~several hours), make sure to meet technical requirements for taking over outputs that need to be hosted (if needed), work on understanding the results and outputs, their maintenance and usage.

6. Follow-Up

1-3 days

Both the project team and you will be surveyed about your experience with the project. In addition, you support the project team with creating content for a project description which will be displayed on the CorrelAid website after the project has ended.

Your input: Fill out a feedback survey (~15 minutes), give input for the representation of your project on the CorrelAid website (~1-2 hours)