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The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is now accepting proposals for talks for its spring conference, The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region, to be held on April 26th, 2019.

Proposals are due by Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. 

Much has been made of how digital data and technology will transform major metropolises such as Boston. But the challenges and opportunities facing society in the 21st century are not isolated to urban cores. They instead operate at a regional scale—inequality and segregation, transportation, the opioid epidemic, housing, climate change, and gentrification, to name a few.

The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region will explore how researchers and practitioners can move beyond the individual municipality, supporting governments across the region working to solve problems collaboratively. BARI’s 2019 Spring Conference will bring together academics, policy makers, and practitioners to highlight work being conducted throughout Greater Boston as a way to share insights and methods, catalyzing  inter-disciplinary, intercity collaboration in the use of data and technology.

We are inviting representatives from the academic, public, private, and non-profit sectors, to submit proposals for talks describing data-driven work occurring throughout Greater Boston.

We encourage proposals

from all disciplines and domains that highlight innovative, data-driven work that seeks to serve residents and solve social problems across the Greater Boston region. We are also interested in talks exploring models of cross-agency and inter-institutional collaboration. It is not required for proposals to describe work that is cross-city itself, though such talks would certainly be of interest. All selected talks will be placed on panels designed to generate conversation around how cross-city learning and collaboration might be most impactful, and talks will be evaluated in part on their ability to contribute to such a conversation.

In keeping with our theme of Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region, we are encouraging talks on topics with regional salience, including but not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; and access to resources, amenities, and services. We are also encouraging talks on how data-driven policy and models of cross-sector collaboration can drive multi-city collaboration and address regional challenges.

Submit the title and description of your proposal (<500 words) today.

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, January 18th, at 11:59 PM.

Applicants will be notified in early February if their proposals have been accepted.

Proposed titles and descriptions (<500 words) will be accepted until Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Applicants will be notified in mid February if their proposals have been accepted.

Proposal Instructions 

-Proposals will be for a 10 min. talk and will describe one of the following:

Research findings

Implementation of an innovation in policy or practice

Data-driven evaluation of a program or intervention

A novel data set, and its construction, content, and utility

An online platform for collecting or disseminating data or data-derived information

Innovative governance structures & partnerships for sharing & managing data