The Biden School's faculty, staff, and students continue to contribute to our impact in the data science field.
For several years, Institute for Public Administration staff members William DeCoursey and Sarah Pragg have worked with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to enhance the utility of their real-time traveler information app, with a focus on taking a human-centered design approach to sharing data with highway users. As part of this work, graduate research assistant Mesut Karakoc designed and conducted a social media sentiment analysis to objectively assess the role of DelDOT's app in regional conversations about traffic.
The Medicaid Research program in the Center for Community Research & Service (Steve Metreaux, Erin Knight, Katie Gifford and Mary Joan McDuffie) operates through a formal partnership with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA). Working collaboratively with DMMA, other state agencies and nonprofit and academic researchers, CCRS is able to analyze claims and encounter data to examine the effectiveness of interventions, provide health services utilization data, and provide profiles of different Medicaid populations through different analytic techniques. Current projects include an evaluation of a statewide contraceptive access initiative; an analysis of the prevalence of substance use disorders and treatment, including opioid use; and investigation of the use of recently introduced medical coding for the social determinants of health, including homelessness. As part of a recent ACCEL Orbit Award, CCRS is finalizing a guide to Delaware Medicaid data for potential research partners. As a member of Delaware INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Centralized Research Service Network (CRSN), an organization funded by NIH and the state of Delaware, INBRE has recently begun accepting applications from researchers interested in partnering with CCRS to conduct analysis of the Medicaid data.
The Center for Historic Architecture (Chandra Reedy) is heavily involved in work on the application of data science to material culture and restoration. Dr. Reedy is part of a national group examining these issues.
The Center for Demographic Analysis and Survey research (CADSR) is a major player in the data science world (Ed Ratledge, Tibor Toth & Eric Best). More information on their projects is available at http://www.cadsr.udel.edu/
Data science is an important part of our faculty research efforts. Nina David, Jonathan Justice, and John McNutt are part of a group exploring the role of civic technology and open civic data in community work. They have contributed a number of articles and book chapters on data and data science. John McNutt and Janice Barlow recently conducted a national study of data science in the KIDS Count network. Kim Isett has worked on issues related to networks in the public sector for more than two decades. Her work includes both structural analysis and theoretical contributions and spans substantive domains such as mental health service delivery and entrepreneurial startups. Recent work focuses on defining the boundaries of the field of inquiry. Her publications are among the highest cited in public management within this subfield. Tibor Toth is conducting research on the use of sensors in transportation planning. A recent NASPAA panel on Data for Good was chaired by Maria Aristeguieta.
A number of Biden School student dissertations are dealing with these issues. Eli Turkel is studying Code for America, a national leader in community data and Mesut Karakoc is studying Cybersecurity planning using advanced data and text analytics. Eli Turkel, Mesut Karakoc and Salomi Sharma are studying data science programs in public affairs (with John McNutt and Heather Carpenter from Notre Dame of Maryland).
The Biden School is emerging as a leader in the data science space. Our research, programs, and people are making a difference, and with our roots in practice and the Delaware Model, we will make these new tools even more valuable.