Innovative Use of Big Data and Analytics
FAACT- Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation, Department of Criminal Justice Services
Tom Fitzpatrick, Division Director/Programs
FAACT is a secure data-sharing platform that helps communities around the Commonwealth combat Virginia's opioid addiction crisis. As Virginia's premier cross-agency data-sharing initiative, the platform combines previously siloed data from a variety of different agencies, secretariats and local organizations including healthcare and social services, public safety and corrections, drug courts and community coalitions. It generates insights about contributing factors to opioid abuse and the most effective ways for communities to respond.
A self-service analytics layer allows organizations to create reports and dashboards, look at incident maps and collaborate more effectively. With this information in-hand, Commonwealth leaders can identify users who need help now, as well as those who may be more susceptible to opioid abuse in the future. The result is a solution designed to help people in need today while stopping the addiction before it begins.
The FAACT platform is already generating insights for the Commonwealth including:
As more communities sign onto the platform, greater amounts of data will be collected and analyzed. The resulting insights will help communities throughout Virginia arm themselves with the right information to make informed decisions about where to target their efforts and how to help their citizens.