Describing complex issues

How can you connect research on global democratic performance, political rhetoric, and referendums with a wide audience? The Democracy Tools dashboard uses interactive data visualisation to describe complex issues, study them further, and communicate about them to strengthen democracy around the world.

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Measuring Democracy

We worked with the Chicago Center of Democracy to help visualise their work to strengthen democracy through research, discussion, and community-building. The Democracy Tools dashboard showcases their data and analyses in easy-to-understand visualisations through three dedicated topical modules.

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Broadening the scope of interactivity

The upload a speech module elevates the scope of the dashboard. It gives users the freedom to upload a speech of their own choosing to assess its democratic erosion score. The feature pinpoints terms used within the speech and cross references them against keywords associated with low, medium and high levels of democratic erosion.

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Mapping democracy over time

A key feature of the application allows user to explore democratic performance for different countries and different years dating over 200 years back from today.

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Comparing speech sentiments

Users can also explore speech sentiments of different politicians towards specific group, such as ethnic minoritiesIn addition it is possible to compare different politicians against each other.

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We could not have found a better partner for this project. Epi-interactive’s team has the skills of a web developer, designer, and researcher all in one.

Kevin Kromash — Chicago Center on Democracy, The University of Chicago