Case Study

Spurring Measurable Change in National Health Security

The Global Health Security (GHS) Index is the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries that make up the States Parties to the International Health Regulations (IHR). The GHS Index is a project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHU) and was developed with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). These organizations believe that, over time, the GHS Index will spur measurable changes in national health security and improve the international capability to address one of the world’s most omnipresent risks: infectious disease outbreaks that can lead to international epidemics and pandemics.


Building Visualizations with Impact

Forum One worked with NTI to determine the most effective visual presentations to communicate the meaning behind the data, including histograms to illustrate ranges and distributions, and key highlights graphics. We developed visualizations that allow users to filter the data by preparedness score vs. relative rank. 

Users can dig into detailed country data on specific indicators and categories and compare data across different countries. Our team also developed a score simulator for each country that allows users to see how changes in specific indicator scores would change a country’s overall preparedness score and rank. 

Technology that Supports Action

We designed and developed the new GHS Index website in WordPress, with a variety of interactive maps and data visualizations powered by JavaScript technologies to help users explore and compare country data. Our work with NTI helps clearly communicate the potential impact of epidemics and pandemics in countries around the world, and help researchers, policymakers, journalists, and global health stakeholders use data to demonstrate the importance of improving preparedness. Several national media outlets reported on the issue when the GHS Index launched, including the Washington Post.