Improving the
impact of social services

Researchers at the Centre for Social Data Analytics work with local and international partners to explore how data can be used to improve the impact of social services.

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Our research projects are all about data analytics for social impact.

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CSDA's research

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Workshop: Innovative approaches to child welfare research through administrative data 2025

Join us for an in-person workshop on child welfare research using administrative data, hosted by the Centre for Social Data Analytics (CSDA) at Auckland University of Technology and sponsored by Social Data Analytics (SDA).

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Ethically leveraging data insights

CSDA Director Rhema Vaithianathan was recently invited by the Abu Dhabi Government, along with international collaborators Emily Putnam-Hornstein and Erin Dalton, to present their work to a conference for agencies across the government sector.

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Machine learning to help the homeless

Plenty of interest is being shown in AUT’s Centre for Social Data Analytics (CSDA) use of machine learning that reduces issues of systemic racism when housing the homeless.

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Lijuan (Athena) Ning: “Data is beautiful”

Senior software engineer Athena Ning spends her days immersed in data, completing the detailed and technical work that underpins the data analytics tools delivered by the Centre for Social Data Analytics.

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CSDA Child Welfare work shared at Nobel Conference 57: Watch

CSDA Director Rhema Vaithianathan was one of seven international data experts who presented at the 57th Nobel Conference, “Big Data REVolution”, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota (US) and held online in October.

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Our vision of leveraging data science to improve results for vulnerable populations.

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