Collaborating In Crisis With NetHope


NetHope provides information communications infrastructure support to humanitarian groups in disaster zones. It distills large amounts of data to maximize impact when it matters most.

Tableau Foundation has partnered with NetHope to help save lives and alleviate suffering during humanity’s most trying moments, including the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the earthquake in Nepal.

When disaster strikes, there’s a “data scramble” to find relevant information, according to Gisli Olafsson, NetHope’s emergency response director.

To optimize aid efforts, Tableau Foundation provided a grant of software, training, and financial support, and Tableau Zen Masters helped create interactive dashboards to enable fast information sharing.

We are making sure that what we create is actionable and something that helps not only organizations, but also the people.

Visualizing incoming data in Tableau allows NetHope to immediately assess needs and share the findings with aid groups on the ground. Those groups, in turn, can coordinate efforts and address shifting priorities.

When Cyclone Pam ravaged Vanuatu, NetHope weighed both damage reports and population data to prioritize response efforts. When the Ebola outbreak gained ground in West Africa, NetHope helped track resources against need. And when an earthquake devastated Nepal, NetHope quickly created a real-time dashboard to help identify data deserts.

NetHope uses interactive dashboards to help answer critical questions and better serve those in crisis.

Tableau Foundation is thrilled to partner with NetHope to show how valuable data and data visualization can be during a crisis. NetHope has shown in Vanuatu and Nepal that it’s possible to collect and visualize data quickly, and by doing so, better decisions can be made about allocation of resources. That results in people being helped more quickly and lives being saved.

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