Data-driven disaster relief: Measuring the impact of emergency response
With natural disasters picking up in frequency and intensity, the role of NGOs in disaster relief is picking up as well. A key requirement for all NGOs is transparency, and applying data-driven techniques may help.
Hurricanes don’t really have birthdays. But if they did, August, 17 2017 would mark the official birthday of hurricane Harvey, when the system became a tropical depression in the east of Barbados. From that point on, Harvey wreaked havoc everywhere it hit, leaving behind destroyed properties and infrastructure, and people in dire need of help.
Notwithstanding state and federal backed disaster relief, the role of privately backed Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the wake of emergencies has been key. Whether that is a good thing is a matter of perspective, and one of the things that play a part in this discussion is transparency.