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.
Displacement and Gender on St Vincent Following the La Soufriere Volcanic Eruption
CrisisReady analyzed movement and displacement data in St. Vincent following the La Soufriere volcanic eruption. This analysis found significant movements of populations from the most heavily impacted areas, correlations in population decreases with shelter locations, and gendered effects in long term displacement.
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.
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.
Quantifying the dynamics of migration after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Understanding the population composition and distribution of a region affected by a major natural disaster is vital for the allocation of resources to communities in need and critical to inform mortality estimates. The utilization of social media traces, coupled with mobile phone data, could provide live estimates of post-disaster population changes in disaster-affected areas.