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.
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.
Facebook Data Has Implications for Disaster Planning
Shenyue Jia, Ph.D., and her colleagues at Chapman’s Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations (CEESMO) have teamed up with Facebook’s Data for Good initiative to investigate how people behave in disasters. The project aims to use the platform’s Disaster Maps to find patterns of human behavior during crises, information that can help decision makers deploy resources.
Population Density Maps
mWater + Population Density Layers
Population density layers in mWater build on the pioneering machine learning work done by CIESIN in collaboration with Facebook researchers. In mWater, this publicly shared data has been projected into WGS 84 Web Mercator and included in the mapping library to be made available as map layers in all visualizations. These layers can be used with any other map layers in the platform to deepen analyses.
Location Analytics Supports Nonprofit’s Wildfire Relief Efforts
During the 2018 Camp Fire in California's Butte County, one of the most destructive fires in state history, Direct Relief supplied resources such as protective masks and medicine to health care agencies and first responders. The group used maps and data analysis software to track people in need during the 2018 Camp Fire and efficiently deliver medical resources.