January 17, 2022

Research Tools: Harvard’s Ash Center Launches New Searchable Database of Government Data Visualizations and Maps

From the Ash Center/Harvard:

Data-Smart City Solutions, a program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today [April 24, 2018] launched a searchable public database comprising cutting-edge examples of public sector data use.

The “Solutions Search” indexes interactive maps and visualizations, spanning civic issue areas such as transportation, public health, and housing, that are helping data innovators more accurately understand and illustrate challenges, leading to optimized solutions.

The new user-friendly public database includes 200 data-driven models for civic technologists, community organizations, and government employees.



This new Harvard database spans city, county, state, and federal levels, and features a wide variety of interventions and initiatives, including maps, data visualizations, and dashboards. Examples include the California Report Card and GradeDC.gov, dashboards that measure community health – and run on citizen input, allowing residents to rank various city services and agencies. Users can also find Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Real Estate, a visualization that explores the impact of disinvestment in Louisville neighborhoods.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to “Solutions Search”

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