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.
As Covid-19 Cases Rise Again Across the United States, Where Should We Be Most Concerned?
According to the latest model published by Facebook’s AI Research team, or FAIR, the country as a whole is likely to see as many as 1 million new infections between Oct. 26 and Nov. 8. Comparison with actual changes in case counts in specific areas since Oct. 26 indicates that this forecast is likely to be largely accurate overall, even potentially conservative, although with variations in accuracy in different local areas.
Population Density Maps
Hurricane Dorian: Who’s Most at Risk?
Direct Relief’s latest Esri-hosted Geographic Information Systems map for Florida and The Bahamas displays local demographic information along with other health infrastructure data — including the location of pharmacies, urgent care centers, hospitals, public health departments, and Direct Relief’s Hurricane Prep Packs — with the goal of revealing the social vulnerability characteristics of an area as well as all relevant health data. (Photo by Zack Wittman for Direct Relief)
Movement Range Maps
Facebook Mobility Data Dashboard for Poland COVID19 Response by Columbia University
This is aggregated and anonymised information from Facebook users who have geo-location enabled. Data is added on a regular basis, twice a week.
Population Density Maps
How Facebook’s Data for Good could help to accelerate the provision of sanitation to millions
Globally, two billion people lack access to basic sanitation facilities. The planning and design of wastewater networks is an inefficient, time-consuming activity, requiring extensive data collection, and at the current rate of progress would take decades to complete. NetCreate is an innovative digital process that uses global open source GIS datasets to automatically create an outline wastewater network on a repeatable basis. It brings together topographic data, road layout data and population distribution data from Facebook’s Data for Good.
Social Connectedness Index
The Role of Social Networks in Bank Lending
This paper analyzes social connectedness as an information channel in bank lending. We move beyond the inefficient lending between peers in exclusive networks by exploiting Facebook data that reflect social ties within the U.S. population. After accounting for physical and cultural distances, social connectedness increases cross-county lending, especially when lending requires more information and screening incentives are intact.
New and Improved COVID Symptom Survey Tracks Testing and Mask-Wearing
Beginning in early April 2020, the Delphi group has conducted a major survey to track COVID-19 across the United States. With the support of Facebook Data for Good, we have been able to recruit tens of thousands of active Facebook users every day to take our voluntary survey. Concurrently, a University of Maryland team has conducted a parallel international effort covering over 100 countries worldwide. Every day, we aggregate our survey results to produce estimates of symptoms for counties and states across the United States.