The Lab @ DC

Police body-worn camera study finds absence of 'civilizing effect'


Researchers involved in the Washington D.C.-based study found that — at least locally — the cameras aren't helping to de-escalate tense situations.

To squash rat outbreak, D.C. turns to technology


Following a surge in rodent complaints, local government is using predictive analytics, hackathons and smart trash cans to take back the streets.

Washington, D.C.'s new data team is using social science to hone policy


A new office operating under the mayor will analyze data and conduct surveys to understand how city policies on things like police body cameras, rent subsidies and emergency services policies affect residents and government operations.