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.
Cross-Border Mobility Responses to Covid-19 in Europe: New Evidence from Facebook Data
This study by Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and Universite Catholique de Louvain uses Facebook users’ mobility to study the daily evolution of cross-border movements of people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 To Go? The Role of Disasters and Evacuation in the COVID-19 Pandemic
This study investigates the relationship between disaster damage, sheltering-in-place, evacuation-related mobility, and contagion following Hurricane Zeta in Southeastern Louisiana and The Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, California, known as the Glass Fire. The study draws on data from the county subdivision level and mapped and aggregated tallies of Facebook user movement. Findings suggest associations between disaster damage and higher rates of COVID-19 cases.
Volcanic Explosion in St Vincent and the Grenadines – Facebook Population Mobility Analysis from April 10th through 17th, 2021
On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000 persons in the most heavily affected area were evacuated from the island and another estimated 2,000 persons left their homes. Direct Relief conducted a space-time hotspot analysis of population changes based on Facebook's Disaster Maps aggregated population data between April 10th and April 17th, which indicates the magnitude of the population reduction in northern St. Vincent, and the relative shift to southern communities.
Climate Conversation Maps
International Public Support for Climate Action
Facebook worked with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication to release a new short report in advance of President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate. The note focuses on people's policy preferences from the new Climate Change Opinion Survey. We find that for each country or territory surveyed, there is significant support for participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. People also said they want climate change to be a high priority for their governments and for their governments to take action.
Movement Range Maps
COVID-19 Mobility Data Analysis in India
Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology – Tirupati (IIT-T) partnered with Facebook to create data-driven tools to help policymakers and public health experts to make informed decisions and interventions. IIT-T used Facebook movement maps and population density maps to analyze population movement and disease containment. IIT-T shared daily, visual reports with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on high-mobility regions, geographies with high outflows of people, and areas with high population density to help governments make decisions about interventions in red zones to help slow the spread of disease. IIT-T then developed a real-time COVID-19 response dashboard to visualize and understand the effectiveness of the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19.
Topline Report on COVID-19 Vaccination in the United States
This report presents data collected from January 10 to February 27, 2021 from more than 1.9 million Americans. We highlight below national- and state-level trends on self-reported vaccinations (hereafter “uptake”) and vaccine-related attitudes by key population groups to inform potential ways to combat vaccine hesitancy in the United States.