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:
- Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), US Crisis Monitor (General Guide / Methodology)
- Anti-Defamation League (ADL) H.E.A.T Map, (FAQ)
- CountLove.org (FAQ)
- FBI Hate Crime Statistics (Methodology)
- Global Terrorism Database (GTD), managed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) (End User Agreement)
- Gun Violence Archive (Methodology and Explainer)
- MappingPoliceViolence.org (About the data)
- Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Hate Map (Methodology) and Who's Heritage? publication (Methodology)
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.