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Refining Our Open Initiative

We’ve been live with our open initiative for eight days now. We’ve learned a lot in that short time and have a few updates to share with you today:

  • The layout of the site has been re-designed to better utilize space and improve the overall user experience.
  • The operational map has been updated to better reflect the geographic focus of our operations.
  • Key operational metrics are now being updated regularly.

There are a couple other updates that we’ve made that would benefit from a bit of explanation. As COO Art delaCruz pointed out in last week’s blog, we think about investments made prior to disasters as enablers for how we provide assistance during and following disasters. This is what we are driving to visualize.

Metrics shared through our open initiative will be updated regularly.

One of the new charts is a visualization of where volunteers are working by geography across time. This is very much an early iteration, but we wanted to get it out.

What’s important to note is the chart tells the story of where volunteers are currently working. It does not tell the story of the requests for assistance, coordination with other non-profits and considerations for social vulnerability that factored into where we decided to focus our assistance. This also does not factor in the supply chain, volunteer mobilization or volunteer housing factors that enabled us to offer assistance in these communities. We’ll be looking for new ways to highlight these factors in the future.

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The next couple of charts we’ve added begin to place key metrics across timelines. We’ve visualized new volunteer sign ups over the course of the past few weeks. At the same time, we’ve broken out donations received across the time in which they were provided.

You might be wondering how this effort may tie into our efforts across communities affected by Hurricane Irma, Maria, or the recent earthquake in Mexico. At this moment, we’re keeping this beta effort focused on our assistance to Hurricane Harvey affected communities with an interest in expanding it more broadly.

Thanks again for journeying with us on this and please share feedback in the comments below.

Corey Eide serves as Team Rubicon's Deputy Director of Field Operations. He's a Southern Californian native but fell for the east coast after living in DC (go statehood!) where he led the modernization of the American Red Cross’ disaster recovery services. Over a decade of experience in the disaster space, he defies the tyranny of precedent and believes disaster survivors demand better. He graduated from Tulane University with a masters in international development where he facilitates learning environments focused on disaster risk reduction, urban disaster recovery, trends in response and recovery and disruptions in the non-profit sector.