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Special Olympics Selects SPSS Predictive Analytics

Originally published August 5, 2008

Insufficient evidence is often one reason not-for-profit organizations struggle to raise money, influence public policy and build strategic collaborations. That’s why Special Olympics International relies on predictive analytics software from SPSS Inc. to analyze data collected on athlete health worldwide to build a case for improved government policies, increased funding and new partnerships.

Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. With over 2.8 million athletes in more than 180 countries around the world, the impact of Special Olympics is truly global. 

The breadth of Special Olympics puts the organization in a very unique position to influence policies and create opportunities in all corners of the world, and the need for reliable data and information to present to governments and leaders around the world is critical. 

Jack Noonan, SPSS chairman, president and CEO, said, “By using SPSS Predictive Analytics, commercial, government and not-for-profit organizations can easily and quickly analyze data and receive specific, real-time recommendations on the most appropriate action in order to achieve business objectives. We are honored to partner with the Special Olympics to validate the need for stronger athlete healthcare programs.”

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