Interrupters deal with a variety of circumstances when intervening with violence. Currently, the knowledge of specific events resides almost exclusively amongst Interrupters, making transfer to the general public difficult. Real-time data gathering could help Interrupters better understand trends in community violence and record the efficacy of their responses. A simple mobile or web application would allow the Interrupters to capture and visualize important information like people involved, type of incident, time of day, etc closer to the actual event.
The collected data also informs potential “starter kits” designed to educated the public about Ceasefire. Visualizations would clearly demonstrate how violence spreads and also provide more concise understandings of symptoms and treatment. Literature developed from the data could be used for petitioning, volunteering, and additional information. Finally, law enforcement officers could also benefit from the data by incorporating Ceasefire methods and knowledge into police protocol.
Chime in with suggestions on collecting data via the hashtags #ceasefire and #ux4good.
by Andy Angelos @andyangelos