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Understanding and Improving Cities

  • Friday, December 12, 2014
    2 PM ET
  • District Hall
    75 Northern Avenue
    Boston, MA 02210

"Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age" brought together civic leaders, scholars, local practitioners, and students to discuss current and future research and policy collaborations. The event featured panel discussions in which scholars and officials discussed work being done in Boston and other locales on education, public safety, economic development, and public management, including several initiatives that are using new data sources in novel ways. Conference participants also had opportunities to explore new partnerships in small-scale conversations. The day’s program concluded with remarks and discussion with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, whose administration is committed to making Boston’s data more accessible and using that data to improve the lives of citizens.

The Twitter hashtag for the conference was #CityData. 

For additional information about the conference, contact David Luberoff, Senior Project Advisor at the Boston Area Research Initiative (david_luberoff@radcliffe.harvard.edu), or Steve Poftak, Executive Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston (steven_poftak@hks.harvard.edu).


The event was organized and sponsored by:

The Boston Area Research Initiative
The City of Boston
The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Major funding for the was conference provided by:

The Boston Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The National Science Foundation
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
The Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation

Additional support came from:

The Initiative on Cities at Boston University
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The NULab
Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities
The Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School

 

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Improving Public Safety


WELCOMING REMARKS

Jeffrey B. Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy; Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director-Designate, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School


Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University


Mary Jo Meisner, Vice President for Communications, Community Relations, and Public Affairs, Boston Foundation



USING PARTNERSHIPS AND PREDICTIVE ANALYSES TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY

Brenda Bond, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University


Daniel Mulhern, Director of Public Safety Initiatives, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston


Cynthia Rudin, Associate Professor of Statistics, Sloan School of Management, and Director, Prediction Analysis Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Moderated by Christopher Winship, Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and Codirector, Boston Area Research Initiative

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Learning From Boston's Success: Research, Partnerships, and Initiatives in Education


Joshua S. Goodman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


John McDonough, Interim Superintendent, Boston Public Schools


Elizabeth Pauley, Program Director, Education to Career, Boston Foundation


Moderated by Nancy E. Hill, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Creating a New Data Ecosystem in Greater Boston


Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston


Jessica Martin, Director, Boston Indicators Project


Daniel O’Brien, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, and Research Director, Boston Area Research Initiative, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Moderated by Eric Gordon, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Engagement Lab, Emerson College, and Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

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Working Together to Bring the Innovation Economy to Boston's Neighborhoods


John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston


Edward L. Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School


Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director, Historic Boston Incorporated


Moderated by J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston



USING POLICY/RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS TO UNDERSTAND AND IMPROVE BOSTON

Remarks by and Discussion with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh



MOVING FORWARD WITH POLICY/RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

Edward L. Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School


Robert J. Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University, and Director, Boston Area Research Initiative, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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