Learning from the Pandemic: Opportunity for a Do-Over

A year ago, researchers at Brown University and the University of Connecticut came up with a great idea and made it real: they established a digital diary of the pandemic to which anyone could contribute. So far, more than 1500 people have participated, sharing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, producing possibly the most extensive experiential data base on the pandemic to date. This data will no doubt prove tremendously useful in understanding peoples’ experiences during the pandemic. …


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Knowledge is the best decision tool we have. Its widespread use, impact, and general acceptance as the primary basis for decision making across a wide range of human activities is why knowledge is power. This seems self-evident in most aspects of life. If you’re baking a cake, you vary from the recipe at your peril. If you’re putting someone on the moon, you better understand and apply the laws of physics.

As a graduate student in public policy at the University of Michigan in the 1980s, I learned the value of using data-driven analysis to generate the knowledge necessary to…

L. Michael Costa MPP

I’m interested in health policy, wine, travel, and lessons learned.

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