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Past Event

One Year Later: COVID Tracking Project and the Power of Data with Alexis Madrigal

In February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we know it in the United States, journalists Alexis Madrigal and Erin Kissane of The Atlantic started the COVID Tracking Project. The project was an effort to provide comprehensive data and to pressure public health agencies to publish better metrics regarding the spread of COVID-19. While the founders only anticipated that the project would last a few weeks until the government began to keep more accurate numbers, the project will officially cease collecting data on March 7, exactly one year after it started.

Join Alexis Madrigal at INFORUM to learn more about how the project has functioned in the past year, the staff’s experiences working with government officials, and what lessons Madrigal has to impart as our society begins to envision a post-pandemic world.


This is a free-for-members program. Members: Click on the "Buy Tickets" button above to order your tickets, and select the members link on the left side of the page. Your username is the email you used to sign up as a member. You can also request a password reset if needed. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

This program is part of a series looking at the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic across several of our programming departments. See the other programs in this series.

INFORUM can accommodate a limited number of complimentary tickets for those for whom cost is a barrier. Please email

This is an online-only program; you must pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

March 24, 2021

United States

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Alexis Madrigal

Staff Writer, The Atlantic; Founder, The COVID Tracking Project

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In Conversation with DJ Patil

Ph.D., Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors