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We are excited for our upcoming BARI Conference 2021: Building Back Smarter, beginning on April 30th, 2021. It also marks BARI’s 10th anniversary! Over the last ten years, BARI’s annual conference has become a unique forum for sharing how greater Boston’s civic data community is advancing a more equitable, just, and democratic society–and setting an agenda for what we need to do now. In 2021 this mission is more critical than ever. As we build back from a crippling pandemic and grapple with revelations of racial injustice and inequities, we want to highlight efforts where data and technology are catalyzing our recovery as we look toward the future. We invite you to attend this conference and participate in the conversations addressing how we work on an equitable recovery for Boston and cities alike.

The conference will occur over four consecutive Fridays 4/30, 5/7, 5/15 & 5/21, 9:30 am – 12 pm, where each panel will be presented as a live webcast, which will also be released as a podcast episode the following week. Register for the conference today!

Friday, April 30


Kimberly D. LucasMetrolab Labwork. Closer to Home: COVID-19 and Changing Child Care Preferences 

Russell K. SchuttUniversity of Massachusetts BostonIncome Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Pre-existing Disparities Exacerbated 

AstraeaAugsbergerBoston University School of Social Work. Shining a Light on the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color in the Greater Boston Area: A Photovoice Inquiry into Youth Conceptualizations of Health 

Roy Wada, Boston Public Health Commission. The Role of Long-Term Care Facility in the Racial/Ethnic Disparity in COVID-19 Mortality Risk in the Boston Neighborhoods 

Mariana Sarango CancelBoston Public Health Commission. Less Healthcare When It Is Most Needed: Racial inequities in medical care avoidance due to COVID-19 concern in Boston 

Erica KangasDough. Towards Equitable Ecommerce; Doughs Approach to Leveling the Playing Field 

Taylor PatskanickMassachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. A Day in the Life: Exploring Risk and Resilience among a Sample of the Active Oldest Old” during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Kathryn CarlsonRappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School. Massachusetts Food Access during COVID-19: The importance of qualitative methodology in policy development & implementation 

Moderator: Dan Rivera, President & CEO, Mass Development; Former Mayor of Lawrence, MA

Kathryn TomshoHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Evaluating environmental health data communication to participants of a Boston-area indoor air quality study 

Philip Eash-GatesSynapse Energy Economics, Inc. Boston Building Emissions Performance Standard  

Krissy GovertsenNortheastern University College of Engineering. Data-Driven Assessment of Thermal Resilience in Boston Using Smart Thermostats 

Moderator: Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Associate Pastor at 12th Baptist Church

Stephanie HartungNortheastern University School of Law. Dismantling the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline: A new resource for advocates and policymakers, and a survey of currently incarcerated people in Massachusetts  

Melissa MorabitoUniversity Massachusetts Lowell. Examining Proactive and Responsive Outcomes of a Dedicated Co-Responder Team 

Laurie BeckerUniversity Massachusetts LowellPolice Perceptions of Overdose Outreach Program Effectiveness  

Margo LindauerClinical Programs, The Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University School of Law. Domestic Violence Prevention & Outcome Assessment During COVID-19 & Beyond 

Moderator: Luc Schuster, Director, Boston Indicators

Brianna NoonanSomerStat. Somerville COVID-19 Dashboard

Alvaro LimaBoston Planning & Development Agency. Economic Indicators of COVID-19 Recovery 

Roy Wada, Boston Public Health Commission. The Use of Electronic Dashboard for Real-time Internal Tracking of COVID-19 Outbreaks in the City of Boston by Boston Public Health Commission, 2020-2021


Alina Ristea, Boston Area Research Initiative. The Covid in Boston Database and Survey

Friday, May 7

Moderator: Tanisha Sullivan, President of NAACP Boston Branch

Zhuangyuan FanMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Experienced Diversity: Quantify a Connection between Physical Urban Changes and Social Mixing 

Clemens Noelke, diversitydatakids.orgBrandeis University, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Heller School of Social Policy and Management

Luisa Godinez-PuigBoston UniversityImmigrants Lead Boston: Working to Build Stronger Civic Engagement with Immigrant Communities 

Moderator: Lisa Jacobson, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation

Julianna HoriuchiMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Putting equity first in the MBTA Forging Ahead” service cuts 

Anna GartsmanMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. MassDOT/MBTA Employer Panel Surveys 

Wendell Joseph, Sasaki Associates, Inc. Uneven Access: Mobility Through the Lens of Equity

Moderator: Ceasar McDowell, Professor of Civic Design, MIT 

Matthew NK SmithCity of Boston. Mobility data as a window into civic data governance: a collaboration between Boston, Montreal, and Lyon 

Nayeli RodriguezMayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Eyes on the Street Re-examined: Centering trust and privacy while collecting data in the public realm 

Julia Kumari DrapkinISeeChange. ISeeChange: The climate data platform where local leaders, engineers, and the public build solutions together 

Eric GordonLab at Emerson College. Collaborative Governance Network: The Design of an Urban Living Laboratory in Boston 

Friday, May 14

Moderator: Roseann Bongiovanni, Executive Director, GreenRoots Chelsea

Conor GatelyLand Use Transportation, Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Racial Disparities in the Proximity to Vehicle Air Pollution in the MAPC Region 

Nathan E SandersComSciCon & Astrobites. Empowering Advocates Through Open Data: A Case Study of the MA EEA Data Portal 

Sara BensonMuseum of Science. Wicked Hot Mystic: Heat Mapping in the Mystic River Watershed 

Moderator: Simón Rios, WBUR NPR

Nicholas KellyPublic Policy and Urban Planning. Innovations to Expand Neighborhood Choice for Low-Income Families in Greater Boston


Forrest HagenPublic Policy. Evictions and COVID-19: The Responsibility of the Large Landlord 

Sebastian Sandoval OlascoagaMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Tracing the Roots of Modern-Day House Flipping in Boston back to 20th Century Redlining 

Sarah PhilbrickMetropolitan Area Planning Council. Using Scenario Planning for COVID-19 Housing and Economic Recovery Planning 

Moderator: Stacy Thompson, Executive Director, Liveable Streets Alliance

Jeremy BurkeHarvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Geospatial analysis framework for evaluating urban design typologies in relation with the 15-minute city: The Case Study of the Boston Metropolitan Area 

Tianyu SuDepartment of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Subdued’ or Vibrant? Street classification framework based on pedestrian activity patterns 

Caitlin SpenceMetropolitan Area Planning Council. Retrofitting the Suburbs — Sustainably and Equitably Achieving our Future Growth Needs 

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