Philanthropy Engineering
2015 Annual Impact Report

Urban Resilience

Norfolk, a member of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities, suffers from recurrent flooding and lagging economic development. Without a centralized analytical platform, it’s difficult for city officials to implement and evaluate lasting resilience initiatives.

We integrated the entire Norfolk real estate database, neighborhood flood risk data, non-emergency calls for service, code violations, and live weather data. Now, city officials can conduct resilience efforts holistically. The Department of Public Works can evaluate flood factors to allocate resources to the most vulnerable properties. The Neighborhoods Department can identify and pursue negligent property owners to improve neighborhood quality. The Economic Development Authority can assess the potential of city-owned real estate to fuel job creation and foster business growth.

With a data-driven approach, Norfolk’s officials no longer treat each resilience priority in isolation. Instead, they can use insights from cross-departmental data to address physical property risk, improve quality of life, and grow the local economy.

“Palantir gives front line staff the ability to relate independent data points, providing insights about patterns of events, actions, and issues. It improves our ability to respond to critical stresses and support our residents. That’s powerful!”

– Christine Morris (Chief Resilience Officer, City of Norfolk)

Humanitarian Assistance

Over the past year, 6.5 million Syrian citizens have been internally displaced by violence, 4.2 million have fled the country, and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. With rapidly changing front lines and military alliances in Syria, the United Nations and other major NGOs have limited signal on ways to support these vulnerable populations.

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