One of the greatest challenges facing humanitarian organizations and non-profits is the lack of data-related resources available to tackle pressing societal challenges such as public health crises, homelessness and human trafficking.
Through its commitment to help make the world a better place through technology, TIBCO Software Inc. has partnered with SumAll.org to help the non-profit organization gather, analyze, and act on humanitarian data in real time and make a real impact on serious humanitarian issues.
“TIBCO’s core mission is to help make the world a better place through technology,” says Lori Wright, TIBCO chief marketing officer, in a press release announcing the partnership. “Working with organizations like SumAll.org to address serious humanitarian issues allows us to make a global impact for the greater good.”
Under the partnership, SumAll.org’s use of TIBCO’s visual data analytics software is expected to help the organization to quickly identify emerging trends and extrapolate hidden stories in data that its multi-disciplinary team can then use to increase public awareness and garner support for sensitive human issues.
“We are excited to work with TIBCO to help us achieve real-life impact and data-driven social innovation,” says Stefan Heeke, executive director SumAll.org. “Having access to TIBCO’s enterprise-level Spotfire solution helps SumAll.org better explore the story hidden in the data and communicate it clearly to stakeholders and the public.”
For instance, SumAll.org has taken an active role in a project that uses big data analytics and data visualization tools to identify families in New York City that are most at risk of becoming homeless and take steps to prevent them from entering homeless shelters.
More than 12,000 families with over 22,000 children were living in homeless shelters in New York in November 2013, according to the advocacy group the Coalition for the Homeless. The coalition cites eviction as one of the top reasons families lose their homes and transition into the city’s shelter system.
Using data from New York City’s Department of Homeless Services and predictive analytics, SumAll.org has been able to determine which evictions are likely to lead to homelessness.
Through its use of data visualization tools, SumAll.org has been able to alert social workers and other advocates about families that are at risk of becoming homeless, which they can then use to take preventive action.
You can learn more about the partnership between TIBCO and SumAll.org here.