While predictive analytics (PA) has been proliferating over the last decade in a range of sectors, PA systems are, as noted by UNICEF and Govlab, “often designed with (consenting) adults in mind, without a focus on the unique needs and vulnerabilities of children.”
In 2020 and 2021, The Engine Room conducted research in partnership with UNICEF to look into predictive analytics specifically in relation to children. Among other questions, we asked:
- How is PA currently being used or proposed in contexts that impact or will impact children?
- What are the potential benefits and risks involved?
- What should be taken into account when deciding on how - if at all - to implement PA systems in these contexts?
Our research also looked at how PA has been or is being used or planned in a number of relevant sectors, including health, education, social welfare and child protection.
We look forward to sharing our learnings in this webinar.