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Real-world solutions from people using data to navigate the pandemic


Data in the time of COVID-19: Lessons learned

As we enter year two of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that to meet the as-yet undefined challenges of tomorrow, we need data. Recently we asked members of Tableau’s COVID-19 Advisory Board what they felt were the biggest data lessons learned since the beginning of the pandemic. What they learned was both practical and provocative.

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Back to school

As James Madison University (JMU) prepared for autumn 2020 classes, freshman parent and Tableau partner Lee Feinberg volunteered to help improve the school’s Stop The Spread dashboard. JMU’s commitment to data transparency, through both university- and self-reported cases, has contributed to more than 540,000 views of its COVID-19 dashboard as of February 2021.

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COVID-19, Starbucks and the third place

The pandemic has forced businesses to shift real-life activities to the digital world. For Starbucks, finding ways to still connect in a human-centric way required turning to data. They quickly developed a top-line report to deliver the right data points to the right teams to gain a holistic view of what was happening in near real-time. It democratised the data and gave everyone the information they needed to make decisions and move forward.

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A path to normality

As COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out around the world, the question on everybody’s mind is: When will things get back to normal? We spoke to Samuel V. Scarpino of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, to understand the five key variables that will impact how quickly we will get back to a state of “normality”.

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Indiana COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard provides at-a-glance insights

The Indiana COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard features data detailing the state’s vaccination efforts, including first and second doses and county-level distribution, as well as providing aggregate demographic details of vaccine recipients. Originally published on 29 December, the dashboard has seen more than 460k views to date.


Vaccine management webinar

For nearly a year, as coronavirus cases have spread around the world, we have been counting up. With vaccines starting to roll out, we can hopefully start counting down. Anthony Young and Graham Stroman provide an overview of the solutions available to track data related to vaccine performance, facility readiness, inventory and patient prioritisation and more – so that public and private organisations can effectively manage and communicate the countdown to normality.

The Data Culture Playbook

In the next normal, agility and innovation will be paramount to success. To achieve this, leaders are turning to data and cultivating a data-savvy workforce that can tackle even the most complex challenges. Prepare your organisational culture with the Data Culture Playbook, a step-by-step guide to building resilience with data.

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Outbreaks Near Me

Outbreaks Near Me (formerly known as COVID Near You) is a collaboration between Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, SurveyMonkey and Tableau to visualise pandemic data in the US. The dashboard shows COVID-19 symptom data, along with information on political affiliation, education level, attitudes about mask-wearing and healthcare access – all critical for equipping policy-makers and local leaders with data to understand the factors that impact the spread of the virus in their region.

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COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre

What would it look like to bring together a wide range of pandemic data from across the globe, spanning different sectors and impact areas? Cepei, a nonprofit think tank, launched the COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre in partnership with the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund, Tableau and others, to make accessible a wide range of data related to the pandemic’s economic effects, focusing primarily on the Global South.


COVID-19 US retail impact

The 2020 holiday retail season will be a season like no other. More than ever, retailers will need a deep understanding of their customers to meet expectations for a seamless, omnichannel experience. Understanding patterns of consumer behaviour, including visitation patterns, can give retailers a competitive advantage by enabling a data-driven approach to forecasting and planning.

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Data-driven resilience

How important is it to be data-driven, especially during a pandemic? Tableau, in partnership with YouGov, commissioned a survey of senior managers and IT leaders in four European markets to understand what sets data-driven companies apart from their non data-driven peers. Discover how leading with data during the COVID-19 crisis helps companies feel better equipped to make informed decisions and face the future with confidence.

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COVID-19 worry dashboard

More than seven months in, how worried are people about the impact of COVID-19 on personal finances and the economy? How does this break down by party affiliation, race, education, gender and age? This dashboard, created by Tableau in partnership with SurveyMonkey, offers broad insights from public opinion data collected during one of the most-watched election cycles in our lifetimes.

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The impact of COVID-19 on civil aviation

COVID-19 is profoundly impacting air carriers, airports and air navigation service providers around the world. Stakeholders need rich, actionable data insights to understand the impacts and inform decisions that are shaping the future of the aviation industry. ICAO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, in partnership with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Turkey, is using ADS-B FlightAware data to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on civil aviation in four areas: operational impact, economic impact, aircraft utilisation and country-pair traffic.

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New York City weathers pandemic with data-first response

New York City was in the eye of the storm during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Hear from Kelly Jin, Chief Analytics Officer at City of New York, as she explains to Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky how the city was able to leverage its data assets and craft an effective, data-driven response.

White House COVID-19 outbreak tracker

The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the White House generated immediate and widespread interest in contact tracing. Benjy Renton, Jesse O’Shea, and data visualisation lead for the COVID Tracking Project, Peter Walker, created an in-depth dashboard to track the outbreak. The dashboard tracks contacts by event, test result time and category of individual affected.

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COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition

Created by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, this dashboard provides an initial look into how to quantify the level of vulnerability within a ZIP code tabulation area (ZCTA). Vulnerability is found by layering three types of data: medical risk, social risk and health care resource risk. Interacting with the data at this level guides local decision-makers as they seek to understand the vulnerability of their populations, as well as the vulnerability of neighbouring regions.

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United States Coronavirus Tracker

This dashboard from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides state-level trends as well as other metrics on testing and hospitalisations. The dashboard also includes a look at demographics, showcasing an analysis of how COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of colour and compounds underlying health and economic disparities.

Monitoring cases to inform a gradual reopening

The latest guidance states that US localities should have a “downward trajectory of documented cases within 14 days” before proceeding with a gradual, phased reopening. In this visualisation, Christian Felix uses several different methods to show whether a locality is experiencing such a downward trajectory or a sustained reduction of cases.

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Dis/Misinformation Related to COVID-19 on Reddit

This dashboard from the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition helps users discover dis/misinformation about COVID-19 on Reddit. Use the dashboard to explore which subreddits tend to have more non-human or suspicious activity, defined as a "Suspicious Score".

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Higher Education Reopening Dashboard

Using data from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and The Chronicle of Higher Education, Alex Ahlstrom of Simpson Scarborough visualises how post-secondary institutions plan on reopening this fall. Browse different institution plans and filter by institution type, location or enrolment size.

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Forecasting utilisation surges at the US county level

To prepare communities for the surge of testing and treatment demands, the Cerner Intelligence team developed a county-level COVID-19 forecasting model to predict requirements and identify potential shortages before they happen.

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