MIT Civic Data Design Lab

The Civic Data Design Lab at MIT works by using data for public good. Research methods in the lab employ an ethical approach to working with data. Collaboration within an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, policy experts, designers, and technologists catalyzes the development of alternative practices, which make data findings richer, more relevant, and more responsive to the needs and interests of citizens traditionally on the margins of policy development. Borrowing from the traditions of science and design, spatial analytics expose patterns and creative visualizations communicate results to reach new audiences. The Civic Data Design Lab is directed by Sarah Williams, Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning at the MIT School of Architecture + Planning.