MetroLab Network is a group of more than 35 city-university partnerships focused on bringing data, analytics, and innovation to city government. Its members include 44 cities, 5 counties, and 59 universities. The Network’s mission is to pair university researchers with city policymakers to undertake research, development, and deployment projects that improve our infrastructure, public services, and environmental sustainability. The Network was launched as part of the White House’s Smart Cities Initiative in September 2015.
MetroLab Network’s city-university partnerships are mutually-beneficial relationships in which the university is the city’s R&D department and the city is the test-bed. Faculty and students get access to real-life laboratories to test approaches that are aimed to address city priorities and challenges. Cities, and their residents, benefit from the university’s technical expertise to help solve those challenges.
Each city- (or county-) university relationship is unique and shaped by the strengths of the university and the challenges of the community. However, the following core principles have defined successful city-university partnerships for urban innovation
To build upon the individual research, development & deployment projects underway across the network, MetroLab is developing focused programs within the network where practitioners engaged in specific domains can coordinate their activities. In 2017, MetroLab launched its Data Science and Human Services Lab, as an effort to bring together academics, city and county practitioners, and non-profit leaders to consider the issues at the intersection of technology, analytics solutions, and human services deployment.
Data Science and Human Services