Decisive Data Completes a Viz for Social Good Project Using Data Analytics Tools Tableau and Alteryx That Looks to Bring Clarity to Homelessness in the UK

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Viz for Social Good helps non-profits launch data visualization projects in a hackathon format, encouraging data viz experts to come together and design visualizations for a good cause. This visualization shows that there has been a 134% increase in rough sleepers (people that sleep in the open air) in the UK since 2010. This is 2,366 more rough sleepers in just six years.

Data Visualization of UK homelessness

Data Visualization showcasing homelessness in the UK.

Tableau’s ability to visualize geographic data, combined with the new Viz in a Tooltip feature (a new Tableau 10.5 feature) and the ease of use of Alteryx allowed us to create a compelling and user-friendly map on our final viz,

Decisive Data, a business analytics consultancy specializing in data visualizations and full stack data services is pleased to announce it has completed its second project through the program Viz for Social Good.

Viz for Social Good helps non-profits launch data visualization projects in a hackathon format, encouraging data viz experts to come together and design visualization for a good cause. For this specific project, four members of the Decisive Data team created a viz for a nonprofit "Tomorrow Today," an organization led by UK activist Papakow (Papa) Baiden, which is dedicated to ending homelessness in the UK.

The four members of the Decisive Data team that worked on this project included Alyssa Hudon, Chris Herron, Jacob Olsufka and Joshua Banks. According to Herron, Tomorrow Today's data set presented a perfect use case for the data transformation tool Alteryx Designer, which allowed the team to restructure the data for seamless usage in Tableau.

“Tableau’s ability to visualize geographic data, combined with the new Viz in a Tooltip feature (a new Tableau 10.5 feature) and the ease of use of Alteryx allowed us to create a compelling and user-friendly map on our final viz,” Herron said.

The visualization shows that there has been a 134% increase in rough sleepers (people that sleep in the open air) in the UK since 2010. This is 2,366 more rough sleepers in just six years. Follow these trends by viewing the data visualization of homelessness trends.

This project is a prime example of how data visualization technology, like Tableau, and data transformation technology, like Alteryx, can be key drivers in the global movement for social good.

About Decisive Data:
We believe every business decision should be informed by data. Decisive Data is a business analytics consultancy that delivers repeatable, actionable insight for making critical business decisions informed by data and science. Data visualization is our core focus, supported by full data analytics stack; as well as data science, predictive analytics, and data management. Enabling clients to make Data Driven decisions is central to our mission – and our exclusive technical & consulting focus.

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