Trend and Risk Mapping

BDI uses different tools and methodologies to track demonstrations and political violence in real time, providing new data and risk analysis so that local communities and national organizations will be better able to address issues before they escalate. We share these tools in public visualizations and analysis, as well as custom products for key partners and organizations.

BDI's work builds off of the invaluable contributions of both formal partners and other projects that already produce or collect open-source data. 

Our formal data partners include:

Our visualization and analysis also draws on open-source data projects and public data sources, citing each per appropriate terms of use and updated continually in our BDI code book, including:




US Crisis Monitor

US Crisis Monitor is a joint project of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and BDI that aims to provide the public with real-time data and analysis on demonstrations and political violence across the United States.

Compared to other visualizations and analysis outlined below, ACLED data is updated most often (weekly).

Visit the U.S. Crisis Monitor main page for more on ACLED's U.S. methodology and to download the most up-to-date data.



Multi-Year Event and Incident Mapping

Prior year data on demonstrations and political violence is essential for understanding overall trends at a national and community level. In the U.S. context in particular, analysis requires a variety of data to help to represent historic and persistent political violence often committed against marginalized communities. 

Drawing on open-source data projects and public data sources outlined above, BDI will provide a variety of public and custom event and incident visualizations that help communities consider trends over time.



Community Ecosystem Mapping

Ensuring our data and analysis is immediately useful - and usable - to practitioners and civil society is central to BDI’s core mission.

As an initial tool, BDI combines up-to-date US Crisis Monitor Data with our Bridging Divides Map to provide the Building Resilience Ecosystem Map found here. The map enables communities to view recent demonstration and other incidents together with a first list of organizations in their area that may be working on similar issues - creating opportunities for additional mitigation and engagement.

In close coordination with our civil society network partners, BDI will continue to integrate select trend/risk data layers with our existing Bridging Divides Map - so communities and leaders, including those represented on the Bridging Map, can engage directly with the data.