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.

All events are virtual for the moment in response to COVID-19, but we look forward to the day where we can welcome you in-person once again.

Learn about our upcoming and previous events below:

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

Past Events

How can data shape your approach to parenting?

Emily Oster

Virtual Event

What's the right kind of school and at what age should a particular kid start? How do you encourage a healthy diet?

Join us for a discusion with Brown professor of economics and mom of two Emily Oster about her latest book, The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years

The Family Firm offers a classic business school framework for data-driven parents to think more deliberately about the key issues of the elementary years: school, health, extracurricular activities, and more.

Leading Local: Mayor Marita Garrett

Mayor Marita Garrett

Virtual Event

Join us for a discussion with Mayor Marita Garrett of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, in the next installation of Leading Local, a speaker series featuring Mayors from across the country, discussing the challenges and opportunities of implementing policy changes at the city level.

Former Mayor of Central Falls and current Senior Advisor at The Policy Lab, James Diossa, will chat with Mayor Garrett about her close collaboration with the Borough's Police Department, the possibility of being annexed by Pittsburgh, what it's like to lead at the local level.

Leading Local: Mayor Jorge O. Elorza

Mayor Jorge Elorza

Virtual Event

Join us for a discussion with Mayor Jorge O. Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island, in the next installation of Leading Local, a speaker series featuring Mayors from across the country, discussing the challenges and opportunities of implementing policy changes at the city level.

Former Mayor of Central Falls and current Senior Advisor at The Policy Lab, James Diossa, will chat with Mayor Elorza about his leadership style, experience enacting policy from ideation to implementation, and what it's like to lead at the local level.

Leading Local: Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin

Virtual Event

Join us for a discussion with Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina in the first installation of Leading Local, a speaker series featuring Mayors from across the country, discussing the challenges and opportunities of implementing policy changes at the city level.

Former Mayor of Central Falls and current Senior Advisor at The Policy Lab, James Diossa, will chat with Mayor Benjamin about his economic revitalization of Main Street, his tenure as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and what it's like to lead at the local level.

The Future of Coastal Megaprojects

Virtual Event

Storm surge barriers, levees, and other coastal flood protection megaprojects are being investigated as strategies to protect U.S. cities against devastating coastal storms and rising sea levels. But these projects are large-scale and complex, often taking years to decades to complete and costing billions of dollars with long-lasting impacts on the economy, environment, and society.

Dr. Paul Kirshen, professor of climate adaptation at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Dr. D.J. Rasmussen, an engineer and climate scientist who recently graduated from Princeton University’s School of Public Policy & International Affairs, will discuss the technical, environmental, economic, and political factors of why some coastal flood protection megastructures break ground in the U.S. while others do not, using Boston Harbor and Rhode Island’s Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence–the first gated hurricane-protection structure in the U.S.– as case studies.

The Policy Lab is pleased to co-sponsor this Coastal State Discussion Series webinar, hosted by Rhode Island Sea Grant and co-sponsored by The University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute and Department of Marine Affairs.

Predicting High School Dropout during a Pandemic: A Simulation Study on the Impact of Concept Drift

Virtual Event

Join us for a talk with Paul Xu, Data Scientist at The Policy Lab during Brown's Love Data Week. Paul will focus on the issue of concept drift and its effect on the model implemented in the Early Warning System (EWS), which the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) uses to predict public high school students' risks of dropping out.

Data-Driven Local Modeling of the COVID-19 Epidemic to Inform State-Level Policy

Virtual Event

Join The Policy Lab and Love Data Week for a talk with Jonah Popp! Jonah and Brown University's Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health have developed ensembles of epidemiological models of the COVID-19 epidemic to help Rhode Island decision makers monitor the epidemic, forecast its trajectory, allocate testing and vaccination resources, and evaluate prevention and suppression policies. The models are fit daily to rich local outcome data and resource-use time series curated and provided by partners including the Rhode Island Department of Health and Brown University’s Policy Lab.

How do we optimize COVID-19 testing across our communities?

Virtual Event

Join us to learn how researchers at The Policy Lab and Brown University quickly partnered with policymakers at the State of Rhode Island and supported the design and analytics of Rhode Island's statewide COVID-19 testing program.

How can we increase the resilience of coastal infrastructure?

Austin Becker

Virtual Event

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Austin Becker as he shares his insights from 15 years of applied research on how to advance climate resilience for coastal infrastructure.

Dr. Becker has conducted research investigations on topics including:

  • Communicating storm impacts to emergency managers in Rhode Island
  • Perceptions of climate change amongst port administrators (globally)
  • Impacts of hurricanes on port communities
  • Barriers to resilience investing at northeast ports
  • Vulnerability assessments undertaken by US ports

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES) and The Policy Lab

How can we help small and minority-owned businesses recover from COVID-19?

Virtual Event

Join us for a conversation on how COVID-19 has affected small and minority-owned business in Rhode Island and how the State can support their recovery, featuring President/CEO of the RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Oscar Mejias, President of the RI Black Business Association Lisa Ranglin, and Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Chief Marketing Officer of RI Commerce Matt Sheaff.

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