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Increasing the impact of social change dollars: lessons from the marriage of science and politics

Brandyn Keating, Stronger U.S.

From Uber to Solar City, companies have adopted the data science and organizing principles used by one of the biggest, most successful start-ups of our time: the Obama campaign. Increasingly, randomized controlled experiments are used to increase ROI, fuel innovation and accelerate change in a variety of contexts, while organizing principles are used to bring that innovation to scale and strengthen organizations. Examples include a group that figured out how to achieve 20 years of opinion change with one 20 minute conversation! You'll learn to adapt these principles to increase the impact of your own project or investment.
activism, data, innovation, leadership, research, scaling
Not Applicable
David Broockman, Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University Graduate School of Business* Dave Fleischer, Executive Director, Leadership LAB of the Los Angeles LGBT Center Brandyn Keating, Founding Executive Director, Stronger U.S. and Stronger U.S. Education Fund; formerly, Obama for America 2008 and 2012 Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only
Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California Santa Barbara* Virginia Escobar-Millacci, Researcher & Program Director, University of California Berkeley* *Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only

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Important Dates

  • June 14, 2017
    Final day to submit an idea.
  • June 15 - 29, 2017
    Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 30 - July 13, 2017
    Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP17 Content Team.
  • July 14, 2017
    Winning sessions announced to session organizers.


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