Social Decision and Analytics Lab

Work in urban analytics with a focus on resiliency. The Global Forum partnership fostered research by working with the Office of Emergency Management within a local government to provide a foundation for creating data infrastructure that provides a cohesive overview of Arlington County. Additional projects established through the partnership include research on supply chain resiliency in a Latin American country using public and private sources of data to identify drivers behind supply chain challenges in urban settings.


In 2016, GFURR contributed to several projects in support of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory (SDAL). As a result of this work, partially funded by GFURR, SDAL’s research is expanding to include human services, parks and recreation, and libraries.

  • + Emergency Management Alerts and 911 Police Data

    SDAL completed a project for Arlington County analyzing their emergency alert data, reviewing the literature, and making suggestions for revising how they seek new subscribers and how to maintain current subscribers. Fairfax County asked SDAL to conduct a similar analysis.


    A data sharing agreement has been implement with Arlington to access 911 police incident data and the first round of exploratory analysis was presented to the Arlington Police Department in January 2017.


    Further information on this project can be found here:


  • + Housing

    Two papers were submitted for publication which focused on describing and analyzing the use of local administrative housing data in lieu of federal statistics.


    Emily Molfino, a Post-Doc at SDAL led the development and writing of these papers:


    • “Can Administrative Housing Data Replace Survey Data?, Emily Molfino, Gizem Korkmaz, Sallie Keller, Aaron Schroeder, Stephanie Shipp, Daniel Weinberg, accepted by Cityscape Journal for publication in Spring 2017.


    • “Estimating Hedonic Indexes of Housing Value Using Non-Survey Data” Daniel Weinberg, Sallie Keller, Gizem Korkmaz, Emily Molfino, Aaron Schroeder, submitted to the Journal of Housing Economics.


    To see more information about this topic, please navigate to the link below:


    Two papers were submitted for publication based on research using the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) data. Post-doc, Katie Ziemer, led the development and writing of these papers:


    • “Evaluating the US Statewide Longitudinal Data System as a Resource for Researchers outside of the State Education System by Assessing Alternative Sources of Data for Education Research,” by Kathryn Ziemer, Sallie Keller, Kyle Angelotti, Berk Norman, Mark Orr, Bianica Pires, Stephanie Shipp, submitted Educational Researcher in December 2016.


    • “Explaining High School Dropout: Geographic Disparities in Kentucky,” Kathryn Ziemer, Bianica Pires, Vicki Lancaster, Sallie Keller, Mark Orr, Stephanie Shipp, submitted to The American Statistician.

  • + Data Science for the public Godd (DSPG) Program - a new part of the vt honor's program

    Students in SDAL’s Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) program, an NSF REU site, conducted research on the topics described above and more. They presented their results at a SDAL Research Forum that brought together Arlington leaders and program leaders from NSF, DOD, HUD, and other agencies.


    More information on this project can be found here:



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