Data for Disaster Preparedness Project

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We invite emergency response staff and data managers at global and local NGOs to participate in the project by signing up here!

When earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters occur, emergency responders and humanitarian aid agencies rely on data and analytics to make life-saving decisions. Timely, relevant data made available in a usable format can help streamline the delivery of aid, mitigate the impact of natural disasters, and build long term resilience. Despite the benefits, however, first responders often lack access to operational data needed to conduct appropriate planning or allow for split-second decision making on the ground during disasters.

Despite the progress that the humanitarian community has made in recent years, emergency response agencies still face several challenges. First, they do not have access to datasets needed to provide a complete operational view of response needs within the affected area (i.e. food, water, shelter, medical care). Responding organizations work in silos, resulting in divergent views of the situation that are difficult to reconcile during a crisis. Second, response organizations often do not share their data, limiting the ability for multiple response organizations to collaborate in the response effort. Third, humanitarian organizations and local communities often lack the capacity needed to use data to drive appropriate action.

With the support from partners like Tableau Foundation and HPe, NetHope has launched an emergency preparedness project to evaluate the potential impact of building trust relationships to promote data-sharing during man-made, rapid onset, and slow onset emergencies.

Our focus areas include:

  • Identifying critical decision making processes and expected uses of data before a crisis event requiring emergency response.
  • Agreeing on legally binding multi-lateral data-sharing and analysis arrangements prior to an emergency.
  • Utilizing a predefined “data escrow” during an emergency.
  • Evaluating, post-emergency, the utilization and appropriateness of the data escrow for emergency responders and other stakeholders during the crisis response.

This project will build upon past efforts to coordinate data-driven response and a literature review. Additionally, key stakeholders will assess progress throughout the project including:

  • Agencies that create relevant datasets
  • Technology providers
  • Humanitarian/ emergency response agencies
  • National policymakers and other data gatekeepers
  • Local community organizations, government agencies

Supporters of the Data for Disaster Preparedness Project include:

Photo Credit: International Rescue Committee

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