Data helps to understand the reemergence of preventable diseases

News, Research and Evaluation

vaccine preventable outbreaksSince 2008, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has been tracking reports on outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Besides illustrating the increasing rate of infection in the United States and other countries, how can this data be useful?

Maps, such as this spiffy interactive map,  can certainly raise our awareness of an issue and illicit concerns. They can also get us to start asking important questions.

  • Why do we see recurrent outbreaks on the West Coast over the past 5 years? Are these the same communities being impacted or are they new?
  • Why is the United States the leader in Whooping Cough Infections?
  • The number of infections in North America Sky rocketed from 171 in 2009 and 20,555 in 2010. What happened during that year?
  •  What are the factors at play in the rise of preventable diseases? What kind of role have Fear of Vaccines, Access to Vaccines, Apathy?
  •  What does this mean for our communities and our families?

Data can be used to understand what is happening on both a local and global scale. This in turn can help us determine and develop effective strategies for addressing these concerns. By identifying communities most at risk and the reasons they are at higher risk, we can use data to inform where and how we intervene.

The Evaluation Team here at CCNY does just this, helping our clients take the next step with their data. Using Data Vizualization, we help clients understand and ask crucial questions of their data, and then help them turn it into action.