The Center for Applied Public Research is working during the coronavirus pandemic to help local governments make evidence-informed decisions. On this page you will find a selection of our research and other publications on COVID-19 and its social and economic effects.


Click here to explore economic and social indicators that you can use to measure the economic and social impacts of Coronavirus on vulnerable populations. Each indicator on this expert-informed list includes a description of how the indicator can be used in decision-making, a clear definition of what is measured, the type of data source, and a link to the relevant dataset. We also categorize each indicator to help you align it with existing city priorities.


COVID-19 Economic Impact Series

This series of interactive visuals highlights the economic impact of the pandemic on vulnerable populations. Check back for updates as we add to this series.


COVID-19 and policymakers in local governments: A discussion with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, spoke to local government practitioners on a March 23 webinar about the novel coronavirus pandemic and how local governments can respond.