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Welcome toThe Policy Lab

We’re at the center of Rhode Island’s
infrastructure for evidence-based policymaking.

Let’s learn together.

Why We're Here

The Policy Lab brings together experts from government, universities, and community organizations to collaborate on research tailored to inform decisions about how to improve policies and programs across the state.

Events

We host a variety of events including speaker series and technical workshops to advance the mission of the Lab and share its work with a diverse set of stakeholders. Learn about our upcoming and previous events.

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

Reflections

ZenTables: Stress-free table publishing in Google Docs with Python

zentables01 What is ZenTables? Data scientists often need to report descriptive statistics presented in neatly formatted tables, which is a process surprisingly not well-supported by either Python or…

Welcome to Reflections

I’m excited to welcome y’all to Reflections! Before I explain, you need to first notice that our website is growing. You can learn more about our projects in, well, in our new Projects section! There…

The Making of a Dashboard - Part 4: Refinements and Stakeholder Feedback

In the previous post we discussed general design patterns that put Vue and d3 together. This post will focus on how we improved the UI/UX design of the first prototype (shown above) according to the…

The Making of a Dashboard - Part 3: Rendering the Visualizations

In this post, we will cover the details in creating the data visualizations used in the United Way Rhode Island 211 Dashboard to reveal patterns in 211 calls. The previous post described in detail the…

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Applied research can be remarkably difficult, as theories often fail to work in practice. We need scientists shoulder-to-shoulder with practitioners in those moments, co-designing fresh ideas and iteratively experimenting to optimize solutions. The Policy Lab is a place and group of people dedicated to this work. Think NASA or Bell Labs, but for public policy.
David Yokum, Director

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The Policy Lab is a community of researchers, data scientists, project managers, designers, and practitioners dedicated to promoting the use of evidence-based research in policymaking.

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