CNA Institute for Public Research (IPR) Ongoing COVID‑19 Work

CNA Supporting Law Enforcement and Corrections
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COVID-19 Impacts on Law Enforcement and Correctional Facilities

CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation (JRI) has been providing training and technical assistance and research support to justice system partners throughout the pandemic to address the challenges that law enforcement and correctional agencies across the country have been faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

21st Century Policing

21st Century Policing

The COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting public health crisis has presented challenges to our public safety, and to the police departments tasked with protecting life and social order. Recognizing that more can be done to share emergent best practices, CNA sponsored a re-engagement with three of the Advancing 21st Century Policing sites to assess their responses to the pandemic outbreak, provide assistance in areas for growth, and share best practices with the field.


The SAFER-C™ model can help correctional leaders forecast outcomes and manage their facilities while addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Institute of Corrections

National Institute of Corrections

In efforts funded by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation is partnering with the National Sheriffs’ Association, Correctional Leaders Association, and American Probation and Parole Association to collect lessons learned regarding the impact of COVID-19 on jails, prisons, and community service components, such as pretrial, probation and parole, paroling authority, and transitional housing.

CNA Supporting Prosecutors and Courts

COVID‑19 Response for Prosecutors and Courts

CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation is partnering with the National District Attorneys Association to provide prosecutors and courts around the country with networking opportunities to help evaluate the effectiveness of justice-related COVID‑19 strategies related to virtual hearings, teleworking, handling grand juries, prosecuting low-level offenses, dealing with case backlogs and addressing issues related to domestic violence and homeless populations.

Innovation During a Pandemic: COVID-19 Adaptations of the Prosecutor's Office

In this podcast, we discuss how prosecutor's offices are implementing innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing these challenges head on. These include basic changes (i.e., technology to work remotely) but also dramatic changes to how they conduct their work (i.e., making use of alternative venues for jury selection and trials).

Rural Courts and COVID-19

In this podcast, CNA analyst Jennifer Lafferty sits down with Richard Chidester the County Attorney for Giles County, Virginia. Their conversation focuses on how the county is using digital tools to hold hearings and the limitations of doing so in a rural district.

CNA Supporting Emergency Management


The Center for Emergency Management and Operations is currently supporting an after-action review of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's response to the COVID‑19 pandemic operations.

COVID-19 Vaccination Vulnerability Layer

COVID-19 Vaccination Vulnerability Layer
The COVID-19 Vaccination Vulnerability Layer helps states, counties, and cities identify areas that may require more vaccination resources and outreach. This Census tract-level data product, developed by CNA, identifies areas greater vulnerability across three themes: vaccine distribution challenges, physical and functional access to vaccine administration sites in the health care sector (hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, etc.), and attitudes toward vaccination.
CNA Supporting Health Providers

A Healthy Response to COVID

Analysts from CNA's Center for Public Health Preparedness and Resilience have been onsite with the District of Columbia Department of Health since March to support the city's COVID‑19 response. This effort includes response and vaccine planning, testing, data collection and analysis, and incident response coordination with other DC agencies. Related work for DC Health includes:

  • Epidemiological investigations and contact tracing
  • Response to Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers
  • Infectious disease surge within the DC health care system
  • Pandemic influenza response and medical countermeasure dispensing

Practice for a Pandemic

CNA's Center for Public Health Preparedness and Resilience has supported HHS on a variety of COVID-19 response initiatives:

  • Two tabletop exercises—one for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the other for the White House Coronavirus Taskforce—on community mitigation measures when the outbreak first surfaced in the U.S.
  • Two pandemic "exercises in a box" including a comprehensive toolkit to support public and private sector stakeholders conduct a discussion-based exercise to prepare for and respond to an infectious disease pandemic; and one on recovery and preparations for a second wave of infections. HHS is planning to post these materials on its website and disseminate them to public and private sector stakeholders.
  • A tabletop exercise situation manual for Preparedness and Response that explores key issues and decisions in its lead federal role to coordinate mass fatality management during a pandemic.
CNA Supporting Supply Chains

COVID-19 Impacts Supply Chains

CNA's Center for Emergency Management Operations provided the FEMA Supply Chain Analysis Network for the COVID‑19 pandemic with an experienced team of supply chain analysts, engineers, GIS technicians and emergency management professionals. This team analyzed:

  • The supply of critical life-sustaining commodities, focusing on groceries and water
  • Critical enablers of groceries and water such as the transportation infrastructure
  • The impacts of the evolving pandemic on national supply chains, focusing initially on the Seattle and New York City metropolitan areas
CNA Supporting our Seniors


CMS directed CNA's Center for Vulnerable Population Protection to evaluate their response operations to the COVID‑19 pandemic, including their pandemic plan, the new protocol for COVLD-19 situation assessment and reporting and operations during the pandemic. CNA staff created a corrective action program and is utilizing it to evaluate their response.

CNA Supporting the Airline Industry

Navigating COVID-19

CNA's Center for Data Management and Analytics is supporting the FAA with real-time operational analyses of air traffic activity in the National Airspace System. Their work provides hourly statistics for airports impacted by COVID‑19, including:

  • Arrival and departure delays, flight cancellations, and ground delays
  • Dashboard for flights transporting personal protective equipment (PPE) and vaccines to support flight prioritization
  • Graphics of en route and reroutes of traffic within Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs) affected by COVID‑19.