Forbes.com : Big Data For Social Good: 5 Ways To a Higher Purpose

"Evictions are a major cause of homelessness and families seeking refuge in shelters. SumAll.org, a non-profit, is working with the city of New York to develop a tool to predict which evictions will lead to homelessness.

SumAll’s team uses eviction data, shelter history, and demographic data to put together a visualization that identifies families most at risk. They’re now able to forecast which households may be evicted in 3-4 months’ time, to aid social workers and charities to reach out to those families, before they transition into the city’s shelter system.

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"SumAll has partnered with Humanitarian Tracker to identify patterns in causes of death. For example, a huge spike in civilian deaths was identified through these efforts: “In recent months there were six incidents where more than a dozen females were killed outside of a battle situation—possibly an indicator of massacres,” says Stefan Heeke, executive director of SumAll.org."

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