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DataKind connects data scientists with social change organizations to develop data-driven strategies for tackling challenges in education, health, safety and other critical areas. The Rita Allen Foundation is supporting a new effort to share the lessons and broaden the impacts of DataKind Labs, a pioneering program where DataKind’s on-staff data scientists bring together multiple stakeholders on yearlong projects to tackle cross-sector challenges. The DataKind Labs Blueprint provides any organization with resources for adopting the DataKind Labs approach, outlining project-related processes from start to finish, and incorporating advice on best practices and pitfalls. The blueprint draws on examples from DataKind Labs’ inaugural project supporting Vision Zero in three U.S. cities to reduce traffic fatalities. DataKind is disseminating the blueprint widely and is actively engaging in discussions with groups working to learn from DataKind Labs’ experiences.