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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…

The Making of a Dashboard - Part 2: Building the Skeleton of the App

In the previous post, we covered the background and the decisions on the tech stack used for the United Way Rhode Island 211 dashboard. This post will describe how we used Vue.js to build the…

The Making of a Dashboard - Part 1: Decisions on the Tech Stack

This is the first of a series of technical blog posts that document how The Policy Lab at Brown University built an interactive data dashboard with United Way of Rhode Island to support analytics and…


The last quarter of 2020 brought a schedule full of presentations! We were grateful to share what we’ve been learning with national audiences. Here’s a sample of what we’ve been Zooming-in on. APPAM…

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

If you can’t tell from our projects page, we’ve been pretty focused on COVID-19 here at The Policy Lab. On December 8, 2020, we held a virtual event to showcase our partnership with policymakers at…

How can we increase the resilience of coastal infrastructure?

Taking a break from COVID-19 programming, on November 17, 2020, we were honored to welcome Dr. Austin Becker, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Marine Affairs…

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

On July 22, 2020, we hosted our first virtual event: How can we help small and minority-owned businesses recover from COVID-19. We were truly grateful to have the insights and advice of the following…

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