Over the past two years, dozens of organizations used Facebook's Data for Good products to improve wellbeing and save lives. Their most profound applications include disaster preparedness projects, vaccination campaigns, and effective deployment of services during times of natural disaster.
New Modeling Suggests Positive Impact of Social Distancing Measures
Reductions in person-to-person contact through a variety of social distancing measures appear to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in King County, but those measures need to continue to succeed in decreasing and delaying the outbreak peak, according to two new reports by the Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM).
Disease Prevention Maps
Working paper – model-based estimates of COVID-19 burden in King and Snohomish counties through April 7, 2020
The Institute for Disease Modeling describes projections for the burden of infections and deaths in King and Snohomish Counties through April 7, as projections further out are strongly sensitive to assumptions about the scale of the local outbreak and importation dynamics from other regions that are not yet known.
Disease Prevention Maps
Addressing COVID-19 through Public-Private Data Partnerships
Where do we need extra test facilities? This was one of the key questions posed by experts at a recent COVID-19 response meeting. How can we offer approximate answers to this question when we don’t have good - or any - data? We need to know where the vulnerable people are and where they could go to receive medical support. We worked with Facebook’s Disease Prevention Maps – a global map with population density estimates, sufficient for our purposes. We then needed to determine location of health facilities – accessible via government partners, or, in a pinch, through open data (e.g., Open Street Map).
Using Facebook's Disaster Maps data, Direct Relief can tell the rate at which population densities have decreased and increased in certain areas throughout New South Wales, particularly in the dense coastal zone from Wollongong to Bega. Each map shows a snapshot of the relative density of Facebook users with location services enabled at 4pm local time that day.
The Kincade Fire: Population Movement and Displacement
In addition to supporting health centers, medical teams and shelters with access to healthcare supplies, Direct Relief worked with CalOES and Facebook on a daily basis throughout the fire to ensure that the state emergency management team had regular access to maps and useful interpretation of population dynamics based on anonymized and aggregated location data on Facebook's user base.
Future of Business Survey
What will the future of the labor market look like for women?
The Inter-American Development Bank used Future of Business data to study issues that women face and will face economically, such as the risks posed by automation and opportunities for women in the gig economy.