What is a Development Advisory Team (DAT)?
A major component of International Development in Practice classes revolves around the Development Advisory Teams (DATs). In groups of 4 to 5, students serve as consultants to international development organizations on a specific problem or opportunity. In 12 weeks, students are in regular communication with their clients and engage in research for “best practices.” At the end of the semester, students present their results to the class and offer concrete recommendations to their client organizations. The generosity of Notre Dame donors allow opportunities for students to apply for funds to travel and work with their organization in the field or present their final recommendations in person at an international site.