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Data stories track the impact of COVID and notify Boston policy

Ex Bulletin, January 2021

The MetroLab Network has partnered with Government Technology to provide readers with a segment called the MetroLab Innovation of the Month series. This segment focuses on influential technology, data and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. If you would like to know more or contact the project leader, please contact MetroLab ( for more information.

This month’s Innovation of the Month series focuses on a combination of efforts being made in Boston to combine existing data on neighborhood-level quality of life with a survey of residents’ behavior during a pandemic. This data was then extracted into digestible stories that help researchers better connect with the community on these topics. Ben Levine of MetroLab talked with Dan O’Brien, Alina Ristea and David Brade of Northeastern University about their project.

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