Managing Incident Data is Complex...We're Making it Simple
Tracking Incident Data is a critical part of any program’s overall risk management plan. Risk Managers understand the need to track close calls and accidents in their programs. Only by identifying what is actually occurring in the field can managers evaluate trends, and implement effective programmatic responses such as new program protocols, staff training, etc.
Unfortunately most programs do not have an effective centralized method for collecting and evaluating incident data and this has severely limits the ability to do effective data collection and analysis. Many programs simply rely on paper forms which prohibit any kind of effective trend analysis. Other programs keep their own data in a variety of formats everything from Excel Spreadsheets to simple databases but there has been no effort to create a consistent format for recording incident data at the program level.
We realized that our industry needs a 'common language' for talking about and comparing incident data. So we set out to build the most comprehensive Incident Database ever developed for the outdoor, recreation and travel industries. The result is IncidentAnalytix.
Utilizing the latest in database technology and Web application programming, the model brings a fully Cloud-based platform for organizations to collect and analyze their own incident data in real-time.
Since even the largest outdoor programs have relatively small numbers of incidents, comparing data across programs is essential to establish the big picture of the types of incidents taking place and for assessing how to make changes in program operations across the industry. The creation of a common database platform allows for different programs to talk about incident data from an 'apples to apples' point of comparison. It also creates the possibility of merging data across programs for even richer data analysis.
Collecting and analyzing incident data is important for all outdoor programs. Although the locations may be different, the activities themselves such as rock climbing, ropes courses, and kayaking are much the same around the world and therefore the incidents that occur are usually similar. In addition:
- Insurance companies are global entities, an international database will help demonstrates that the risk levels in outdoor education are much less than typical competitive sports like soccer and encourage insurance companies both to provide insurance and to base their rates on actual risk levels rather than perceived risk.
- Programs operate internationally so an international standard makes it easier to integrate program data from around the world.
What this means for Organizations
Our robust database provides you with 24/7 access for data entry, review, reports and analytic dashboards. At the same time it means that measurements generated by one program can actually be compared against another in a meaningful way. It also creates the possibility of much more extensive research being performed into root causes and responses to incidents which will benefit the entire industry.