Moneyball Meets the Motor City
The Detroit Data Fellows Program is a two-year full-time post-graduate fellowship during which participants will work with a specific city agency to:
- Better utilize data from administrative and other sources to identify the causes of, and develop solutions to, pressing social problems;
- Expand the use of data in the City’s policy-planning processes;
- Increase the access to, and understanding of, data for city personnel and Detroit residents; and
- Strengthen the City’s relationship with the University of Michigan and other universities with a strong emphasis on public policy and data analysis.
In its pilot year, the program placed its first fellow, Reid Wilson, in the Detroit Police Department.
Mr. Wilson works on a variety of projects under the guidance of the Director of Strategy Development. He has spent his time evaluating Project Green Light (a public-private partnership that streams cameras from businesses to DPD headquarters in order to improve neighborhood public safety, deter crime, and apprehend criminals), creating a tool to make crime data more digestible for the public, and leveraging internal data to better inform DPD policy.
In 2017 the program will place one fellow with the Detroit Police Department to create and implement dashboards for a diverse set of divisions and commanding officers in order to inform leadership of current practice. The fellow will:
- Conduct interviews with key personnel to better understand priorities for each department
- Create indicators based on qualitative interviews
- Connect a diverse array of databases to Tableau, Domo, or equivalent software
- Publish dashboards in Tableau and update them as needed based on feedback from initial rollout
This position provides an annual stipend of $50,000 and a benefits package.
The Fellows will possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Applicants must have completed their BA, MA, or PhD by spring 2017, ideally in public policy, business, information, political science, sociology, engineering, and/or urban planning
- Strong data analytic skills and a high degree of comfort performing statistical computations and analyses; strong understanding of statistical principles and practices
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to interact effectively with departmental personnel and the public with tact and diplomacy
- Ability to create highly stylized and functional products that aggregate data from diverse data sources for a variety of user types
- Experience with Tableau, Domo, or other equivalent software
- Experience in conducting qualitative interviews
- Demonstrated understanding of API’s
- Ability to set and adhere to feasible deadlines
- Ability to complete requisite documentation of activities
The following qualifications are preferred:
- Three (3) year of experience in the creation of dashboards from Tableau, Domo, or equivalent software
- Experience with SQL
- Experience visualizing data in the public sector
- Understanding of spatial data
We are accepting applications through March 31, with a June 5 anticipated start date. Please fill out the application form (Adobe PDF), save as a pdf and email the completed form to DataFellows@umich.edu, using the following email header: DDF2017Lastname.FirstName.
Applicants selected to the next round will receive an invitation to complete a data analysis exercise and meet with members of the selection committee. Candidates considered for this position may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.
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