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Boston Area Research Initiative is now accepting proposals for talks for its spring conference, BARI Conference 2022: Data, A Community Journey.
Click here to submit a proposal! Proposals are due by Friday, January 28th, 2022, at 11:59 PM. 

At this time we plan for the conference to occur in-person at Northeastern University, with hybrid options for attendance and presentation. This plan is subject to change, however, as we continue to monitor public health conditions.

BARI’s annual conference is a unique forum for members of greater Boston’s civic data community to show how they are advancing equitable, data-driven research and policy in our region. This year we are especially interested in how ongoing and future work can inform (1) the numerous transitions in municipal leadership across the region and (2) the needs and interests of everyday community members. In doing so, we hope to seed multiple civic research agendas on the many systems and domains that shape everyday lives, from housing and education to public health and community development and beyond.
We are inviting proposals for talks for BARI’s 2022 Conference that describe data-driven work occurring throughout greater Boston. As always, we want to capture the diverse roles that different institutions and forms of expertise play in transforming data into knowledge into impact, and look forward to proposals from members of the public, private, and non-profit sectors as well as academia.

We are interested in talks on all topics related to how cities and communities can leverage data & technology and the journey that community leaders take when embracing a data-driven approach to designing, executing, and evaluating programming and practice. This includes talks on but is not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality, and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services. Given the trenchant themes of the great job migration, community impact, vaccination hesitancy, leadership turnover, the rise of e-commerce, and the un-affordable housing era, we are encouraging submitters to indicate if and how their work engages these themes, though neither is required for inclusion in the conference. We also ask submitters to consider which members of society are engaged in or impacted by their work and to state clear implications of their work that can be used by elected officials and other decision-makers.

We encourage proposals
from all disciplines and domains that highlight innovative, data-driven work that seeks to serve municipal leaders, non-profits, and community leaders to create opportunities across the Greater Boston region. We are also interested in talks exploring topics related to how cities and communities can leverage data and technology, including but not limited to: un-affordable housing; jobs, vaccination hesitancy, community impact, e-commerce boom, transportation; public health; climate change; inequality, and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services. 

Proposals are not required to describe work that explicitly addresses how the pandemic recovery and social justice issues, though all submitters are encouraged to consider these aspects of their proposals. All selected talks will be placed on panels designed to generate conversation around innovative uses of data and technology and their potential impact on society. Talks will be evaluated in part on their ability to contribute to such a conversation.

Proposal Instructions
Proposals will be for a 10-minute talk and will describe one of the following:

  • Research findings
  • Implementation of innovation in policy or practice
  • Data-driven evaluation of a program or intervention
  • A novel data set or technology, and its construction, content, and utility
  • A platform for collecting or disseminating data or data-derived information
  • Innovative governance structures & partnerships for sharing & managing data

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, January 28th, 2022, at 11:59 PM. Applicants will be notified in February if their proposals have been accepted.

Submit the title, description, themes, and implications of your proposal (<350 words) here today.  Contact with questions.

If you have any questions please contact BARI at