Although the pressure to make the right call at the right time might be the same, each school must contend with its unique environment and circumstances. Mathematica understands these complex challenges and offers tailor-made, evidence-based solutions to help leaders navigate the difficult path ahead.
Whether you’re a large research institution looking to integrate wastewater detection into your community-based screening, a smaller college creating a rapid-cycle resiliency plan from the ground up, or an athletic department trying to bring back competition safely and conscientiously, you want a trusted advisor who brings the best data that science has to offer to inform your policies and operations. With decades of experience at the intersection of data and decision making, Mathematica is that partner.
Our layered solutions are unique and customized to the obstacles faced by universities of any size. At Mathematica, we understand that you need a partner who can provide solutions that capture the circumstances of your school, and who can offer timely, sound guidance while adapting nimbly to changing conditions.
To help you respond to this challenge, Mathematica’s planning and operations support model addresses these decision points:
Administrations can leverage our dynamic dashboards to simulate the spread of COVID-19 on campus in real time. Our simulator is backed by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Ryan White Program, where it is used to help manage the spread of HIV. Now, with the support of Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, we have adapted our simulator to help forecast the campus spread of COVID-19 in order to help decision makers with scenario-based planning. For instance, we can help determine the appropriate number of students per classroom, dorm, and dining hall to minimize the risk of transmission. As conditions evolve, the model can be easily updated to provide improved forecasts, allowing for better decisions.
Our predictive forecast and case-modeling dashboard helps you visualize your current restrictions, goals, data, and needs using sources like 19 and Me and Monte Carlo analysis, an advanced forecasting technique based on solid data science. With real-time updates from multiple data sources, you can rapidly adjust to changing circumstances with a deeper understanding of the likely outcomes of your decisions.
Our campus management tool enables tracking and predictions through student surveys and instant digital communications with students, faculty, and guests on campus.
When students and faculty arrive on campus daily, they are presented with a series of questions on their mobile phone (or other web-accessible interface) to check their current health, symptoms, activity, and more. We proactively notify those who share possible symptoms to stay home or avoid the areas with a larger population of high-risk students and faculty on campus. In addition, your team will see real-time data from each area of campus corresponding to the responses of staff and students. The planning tools arm you with the information you need to determine how to safely staff campus, pivot to remote learning, or close facilities.
Create a community-monitoring and detection safety net. Using our proven process for testing wastewater, you can detect the presence of COVID-19 on campus even before symptoms pop up.
Applying the same methodology, we introduced to the United States for community-level testing of opioids at centralized wastewater treatment plants, we have adapted the protocol to support targeted testing at the individual building level. This means our wastewater dormitory testing strengthens your evidence to make informed decisions about how to mitigate the spread of the virus. Wastewater testing is inexpensive, yields quick results, and a requires a minimal lift from campus operations staff.
Our human-centered methodologies enable accurate contact tracing and case evaluation services.
Successful contact tracing must account for the complexity of people’s lives: where they live and travel, their extracurricular activities, and the social networks and support structures that are integral to their well-being. We understand that when people are sick, scared, and worried about their ability to attend class or care for themselves and their families, open and honest disclosure can be difficult to achieve. Our experience has shown that contact tracing and case investigation practices are only as good as the information people are willing to share. Our tools put people first based on proven sociological practices. We build trust with individuals, adjust to the demographics of your campus, and alleviate the concerns of those surveyed in order to overcome these barriers and invite honest responses.
Mathematica can help you enhance your institution’s safety profile in support of faculty, staff, and students to protect against the spread of COVID-19, and we can meet you where you are regardless of your current level of planning. We do this work because we are invested in the well-being of all our communities—we are all in this together.
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Learn how you can partner with Mathematica to scale response to COVID-19, guide recovery, and build resilience. Working together, you’ll be well-prepared to make quick, evidence-based decisions that are responsive to your unique circumstances.
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