DatSci Awards – Data Science in Public Sector Body
Award for Best Use of Data Science in a Public Sector Body 2018-03-20T12:55:50+00:00

Award for Best Use of Data Science in a Public Sector Body

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Entry Criteria

Entries for Public Sector Body of the Year must be self-nominated;

A Public Sector Body is defined as any body that is directly or indirectly controlled by a Government Department or office or by a local authority.

Entries should provide detail on a data science project conducted by the Public Body that showcases why they should be Public Sector Body of the Year.

The data science project should have been conducted by the Public Sector Body in the prior 12 – 18 months.

Award Category Sponsor



Central Bank of Ireland
Department of Social Protection
Garda Siochana Analysis Service

Category Judges

We are proud to present our Judging Panel. We have assembled some of the finest intellects in the community who will judge and score all entries to select this year’s deserving winners.

Medb Corcoran

Intelligent Enterprise Analytics Lead - The Dock, Accenture

Fionnán Alt

Head of Data Science & Analytics - Currencyfair

Freda Cunningham
Freda Cunningham

Director - Consulting - Deloitte Ireland

Edward McDonnell

Director, CeADAR Centre for Big Data Analytics


Public Sector Bodies will be scored on a number of different criteria, receiving a score out of 70:


Demonstrate the organizations understanding of the problem, describe the key stakeholders and customers. Document how the project came about, how your organization got it off the ground and how it was funded. [10 Points]

Solution Overview

Document the solution developed to solve the problem. Showcase the complexities and challenges in the project and how your organization overcame them. [10 Points]

Describe the data science skills, tools and techniques that were applied in order to deliver this project, in terms of both quantitative analysis of datasets and the application of machine learning for delivering predictions or recommendations. [10 Points]

Detail the team and infrastructure that was required to deliver this project. Was this all in place prior to the project or did your organization need to put it in place to deliver the solution? [10 Points]

Outline the innovation in your solution. What differentiates it from solutions that others may have taken to the same problem. [10 Points]


Describe the return on investment of the project to your organization. What other effects has the project had within your organization? What new opportunities are now available to you? [10 Points]


Describe the vision for data and data science in your organization. Show us why you are the Public Sector Body of the Year. [10 Points]