DATA MAPPING

The Violence Prevention Alliance, along with its partners aim to utilize data ‐ through maps and geospatial analysis in their decision making to reduce or eradicate violence nationwide.

Objectives:

• To collect data from institutions that receive, or provide information on violence related cases
• To use primary and secondary data for interpretation and analysis
• To detect and quantify/ qualify cases by severity, context and outcome
• To make predictions based on patterns observed

 The Violence Prevention Alliance, along with our partners, aim to utilize data – through maps and geospatial analysis – in our decision making to reduce or eradicate violence nationwide. In our efforts to do this, the Alliance collects data from institutions that receive (or provide), information on violence related cases; uses primary and secondary data for interpretation and analysis; detects and quantifies/ qualifies cases by severity, context and outcome; and makes predictions based on patterns observed.

 
In particular, VPA has been able to make great strides in the use of data mapping through its partnership with the Mona Geoinformatics Institute, which has contributed to interventions such as the Kingston Violence Prevention Board (see above). With established standards and the use of STATIN based community boundaries, the VPA along with the Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI), map and spatially analyse all data collected, giving a true visual representation of where the vulnerable spaces that are prone to crime and violence are across the island. The VPA and MGI have established an extensive catalog of community based tabulated data analysis, along with spatial analysis maps that helps to provide a true visual representation of each community’s crime and violence problem, thus providing much needed data for intervention and M&E purposes.