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Challenge / Goal

Can voluntarily donated data provide clues to solving societal problems? Under what conditions is society willing to donate data? As part of the project "Data Donation for Nonprofits," we are getting to the bottom of these questions.


A preliminary study in cooperation with the Swiss Data Alliance in the fall of 2020 laid the first foundation for locating the stakeholder positions. This was followed by a representative population study conducted by UZH with basic research on the acceptance of data donation. Based on this, solutions for joint data cooperation were developed in a workshop by Risiko-Dialog together with various stakeholders and concrete projects for possible data donation scenarios (use cases) were developed.

First use case with 37,000 individuals at the University of Zurich
The first use case was successfully tested with the University of Zurich as part of their pandemic management during the fall semester of 2021 on approximately 37,000 students and employees and continues to be deployed. Learn more in our blog post about it.

Voluntarily donate mobility data - City of Zurich.
The second use case is a government scenario together with the City of Zurich, with which the Zurich Urban Development aims to improve its traffic planning based on the mobility data of its residents. The project is in collaboration with the Posmo Switzerland cooperative, the University of Zurich, the Zurich Urban Development, the Zurich University of the Arts with the support of the Mercator Switzerland Foundation. As part of the data donation project, the population in Zurich can contribute to sustainable urban development by voluntarily sharing personal mobility data. The project provides valuable information on the social acceptance of data donation and shows the opportunities and challenges of the topic.



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Time period

Planning time
6 months to 1 year

Implementation time
1 to 2 years


Risk Dialog, Zurich Urban Development, Posmo, University of Zurich, Mercator Foundation

Service providers

Risk Dialog, Zurich Urban Development, Posmo, University of Zurich, Mercator Foundation

End users

Citizens City of Zurich

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