Having a structure for planning the changes was essential for evolving WFP’s data capacity, and Tableau Blueprint played a critical role in that journey. The WFP methodology focused on building a roadmap of activities to increase staff capabilities and build out a thriving WFP data community.
“With Blueprint, we were able to not only build a community, but also build capabilities and mature our ability to use the technology Tableau provided,” said Klein.
The result of all this change has been far-reaching, as evidenced in the daily lives of staff across the organization and the impact on food-insecure people worldwide. Data transformation at WFP has meant more than just upgrading people’s toolsets—it’s been an opportunity for learning, growing, and pursuing new opportunities, with data leading the way.
“Whenever I see a data visualization, I am reminded of just how powerful data can be,” said Bailby. “Visualizations help me discover more about the challenges our teams face, and how to overcome them. To me, this shows that data can transcend projects, bureaucracy, and cultural boundaries—it’s really a means of bringing us all together.”
But above all, WFP’s data culture has accelerated its mission to save and change lives at a time when conflict and the climate crisis continue to drive food insecurity to unprecedented worldwide levels. In just two years, the number of severely food-insecure people increased by more than 200 million—from 135 million in 53 countries pre-pandemic to 345 million in 82 countries in 2022.
“Every dollar we save can mean an added four meals for a child,” said Mahanand. “With data-driven decision-making, we’ve been able to stretch our resources farther than ever, putting more food into the hands of more people and helping them build better and brighter livelihoods that are more resilient to disruption.”