DART Program

The data analysis research team (DART) program aims to develop and implement near-real-time systems for the prevention and mitigation of disease impact. In partnership with researchers at the University of Minnesota and other institutions, DART will engage in a combination of research (to generate new to theoretical and applied knowledge), outreach (to transfer such knowledge to decision-makers working at the public and private spheres) and educational activities (to educate the new generation of decision-makers in the use and application of these technologies) to achieve its objectives.

The ultimate goal of the DART program is to promote the health and economy of people and the environment of Minnesota, with some latitude for national and international initiatives. The DART program focuses on building bridges between academia and the industry, providing a service to practitioners and farmers, and contributing to animal health and production.

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The DART group utilizes five main analytical tools:

  1. Risk assessment
  2. Mapping and spatial investigation
  3. Modeling
  4. Identifying factors promoting and preventing disease transmission
  5. Designing and analyzing observational and experimental studies

CAHFS and the University of Minnesota vision on data analysis and its relationship to management and policy is described in this manuscript.

Outreach activities related to the application of analytical tools to data on animal health and production–including consultancy, data analysis, and training activities–are available by demand. For more information, please contact us at cahfs@umn.edu.