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We are excited to announce that BARI Conference 2024: Greater Boston’s Annual Insight-to-Impact Summit will occur at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge on Friday, April 12th, 2024, and we are now accepting proposals for talks! 

Submit a proposal now! Proposals are due by January 19th, 2024.

BARI Conference is a unique forum for community leaders, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to share how they advance data-driven research and policy in Greater Boston—and how we could do even more through collective action. To accomplish this, we are seeking talk proposals that cover a broad range of:

Insights, including research findings, program evaluations, data-driven implementations, tools and platforms for facilitating impact, reflections on how civically engaged collaborations best generate both insights and impacts, and more;

Perspectives, including the public, non-profit, and private sectors, as well as academia;

Data, from qualitative stories and experiences to quantitative “big data”;

Topics, including but not limited to: affordable housing and housing insecurity; jobs; public health; economic development; transportation; education; climate resilience and environmental justice; segregation, opportunity, and equity; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services.

We encourage proposals that are…

  • Grounded in multiple forms of expertise. We value all forms of expertise, from generational knowledge to lived experience to formal training and everything in between. These bases of expertise can be rooted in any discipline or domain.
  • Innovative. We want to highlight and share local innovations that use data and research to advance knowledge, policy, and practice in greater Boston. These might be new or newly invented projects or ideas but might also honor old ways of doing or being that have new relevance in our quickly evolving world.  
  • Collaborative. We want to showcase the power of collective action: the felt and meaningful impact we can accomplish when we combine our specialized knowledge and skills. Collective action might entail collaborations between individuals, organizations, institutions, or any combination thereof. We are especially interested in submissions that describe civically engaged collaborations between community organizations, government entities, and/or research institutions that directly speak to opportunities to advance equity in the region.
  • Directly relevant. We are interested in all topics meaningful or actionable for our communities. Proposals are not required to describe work that explicitly addresses issues of equity and justice, though all submitters are encouraged to consider these aspects of their proposals.

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, January 19th, 2023, at 4:59 PM. Applicants will be notified by the end of February if their proposals have been selected for the conference. 

Proposal Instructions

Submit the title, speaker (and co-speakers), and description of your proposal (<350 words) today! Submissions are due on Friday, January 19th, 2024.

Submissions should include both a description of the work and its real or anticipated implications for local impact. Proposals are for 10-minute talks.

Preference is given to presentations that include at least two perspectives on a collaborative project. As such, co-presenters and team presentations are strongly encouraged. For the purposes of proposal review we ask for a single e-mail contact. Conference organizers are happy to work with selected submitters to determine how best to use their allotted speaking time.