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Measuring Development 2021

  • Person in Personal protective equipment (PPE) with others in PPE in the background
    Image by Henitsoa Rafalia

The field of public health has seen major methodological progress in recent years, catalyzed in no small part by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, researchers are using new types of data and new analytical tools to measure, track, and analyze health trends, interventions, and behaviors. On Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 – Thursday, April 1st, 2021, CEGA and the World Bank Group will co-hosted our 7th Annual Measuring Development Conference: Emerging Data and Methods in Global Health Research. The online event showcased applications of novel data and approaches to health challenges in low- and middle-income countries.

Day one (Wednesday, March 31st) featured our keynote speaker, as well as talks on Leveraging Online and Social Media Data for COVID-19 Response, Novel Data and Methods for Disease Tracking and Response, a panel on Health, Data, and the Environment, and lightning round sessions.

Day Two (Thursday, April 1st)  featured workshops run by Esri and Atlas AI that will train practitioners, academics, and public sector professionals in the use of innovative tools and open access datasets to respond to disease and analyze health trends and interventions. We also hosted sessions on public health responses to the pandemic, innovative measurement for mental health, and effective coverage in healthcare. 

  • Ziad Obermeyer, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Berkeley
    Ziad Obermeyer
    Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Berkeley School of Public Health

    Obermeyer's research applies innovative econometric methods and machine learning tools to analyze medicine and health policy. Among other applications, Obermeyer has used algorithmic methods to analyze racial bias in healthcare and help healthcare professionals use data-driven predictions in their decision-making.