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At The COVID Tracking Project, our researchers have spent every day since March 7 immersed in the details and footnotes of often-clunky state COVID-19 dashboards and reports. Our researchers, designers, and science communication specialists from all over our project organized to put together our top-line hopes and recommendations for a national pandemic dashboard like the one outlined in President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 plan

We offer these recommendations in the hope that the knowledge we’ve built up as a project will give future federal data-design teams a jump on the complex and critically important work such a dashboard will require.

View our recommendations as Google Slides or download a PDF.


The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.


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