Nick Howland, Executive Director of The Fire Watch, states, “For decades, access to recent and actionable data on veteran suicide has been an insurmountable challenge for veteran-serving organizations working to end this national tragedy. Data has only been available from the federal government – data that is more than two years old and stops at the state level. We needed data that is more actionable and timely.”
One of this project’s most significant challenges was consolidating the disparate data sources. Katie Bakewell, NLP Logix Modeling and Analytics Team Lead, stated, “Historically, data around veteran suicide has been at a state level and available two years in arrears. Thanks to data from the Department of Health, we were able to make this information accessible and actionable for The Fire Watch.”
Having identified The Fire Watch’s key points of interest, NLP Logix performed an analysis of data gathered from a variety of sources. This included the following data:
- US Census Bureau American Community Survey data at a census tract level
- Florida Department of Health Death Counts Data
- Watch Stander Data compiled from two data sets
Over three months, in conjunction with the data analysis, NLP developed an interactive dashboard to support the analysis. The dashboard timeline began with the initial build and presentation, paused for new data set, iterated with new data refresh, dashboard updates, and then the final presentation.
Bakewell said, “Nick and the Fire Watch Team have been integral in building this analysis. Without their subject matter expertise, the applicability of the data would have been limited. Bi-weekly meetings allowed us to quickly integrate any feedback from the team.”