Arlington County Collaborations

  • Working with Arlington County's chief digital officer, students in SDAL's Data Science for the Public Good program have established a comprehensive set of criteria that can be used to develop and improve any open data portal. 

  • In collaboration with Arlington County, our laboratory conducted a pilot study to identify messaging patterns that keep users engaged with their regional emergency alert systems, allowing officials to focus outreach efforts toward populations with the lowest levels of enrollment.

  • Among regional governments, funding for services such as public transportation often relies on accurate estimates of local employment.To capture a clearer picture of its working population, Arlington County commissioned our researchers to develop new methods for filling in the gaps left by federal employment data.

  • Using data from Arlington County's Operation Firesafe program, SDAL's data scientists have developed a model to predict which homes are least likely to contain a functioning smoke alarm—insights that can be used to target public safety initiatives toward the regions where they're most needed.

  • By integrating diverse data streams, our research team is able to provide policymakers with a detailed view of how emergency services resources can be deployed to maximize safety and efficiency.

  • Using 911 data from Arlington County Fire Department, SDAL's data scientists have identified factors that affect response time to structure fires—insights that can be used to improve the general safety of Arlington County residents and make the allocation of emergency resources more efficient.


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