Data Visualization

CrowdTangle, a Useful Tool in NDI’s Social Media Monitoring Toolkit

CrowdTangle, a Useful Tool in NDI’s Social Media Monitoring Toolkit

By Jade Collins | August 12, 2021

Technology and Internet usage have skyrocketed in recent years, and the National Democratic Institute’s DemTech team has recognized the need for acquiring resources, and using new tools to better understand these ecosystems. To that end, NDI has been working to develop tools, methodologies, networks and guidance for online election monitoring, civic technology, and a host of other subjects relating to social media and information integrity.

Conflict Programming

Conflict Programming

By Morgan Frost | February 26, 2016

On February 18th, NDI’s Citizen Participation Team and the Peace, Security and Democratic Resilience working group held an event featuring peace, security, democratic resilience, and the emerging trends in conflict programming. The panelist featured Jim Della-Giacoma, who is currently the Deputy Director of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation and also serves as the head of its Crisis Diplomacy and Peace Operations Program.

USAID Open Data LACHack 2015

USAID Open Data LACHack 2015

By Meron Menwyelet | May 06, 2015

Central America is one of the most violent regions in the world (Honduras and El Salvador have the highest murder rates in the world). The region’s ongoing crisis requires attention from the foreign assistance community, which is why USAID’s Bureau for Management, the U.S. Global Development Lab, and the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean collaborated to host a two-day Open Data Hackathon last week, which I had a chance to attend. 

Does "Smart" Make Sense?

Does "Smart" Make Sense?

By Swami Ganesan | March 16, 2015

If you are reading this blog, I bet you have attended an event in the recent past where the new buzzy topic “Smart Cities” was discussed. I have been to several such events lately.

Zambia Elections: Using Facebook for Targeted Messages

Zambia Elections: Using Facebook for Targeted Messages

By NDI Tech | February 19, 2015

A special guest post by Phil Brondyke (@brondyke) from NDI’s Elections team.

Presenting the analysis of election day observation to the right audience is a critical component of citizen monitoring organizations’ outreach strategies, and one of which NDI has provided technical assistance to partners on for decades. In some countries where NDI works, Facebook has become synonymous with the Internet, and the use of Facebook for election day outreach has become an increasingly useful tool for communicating with certain audiences.

During January’s snap presidential election in Zambia, the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) was able to combine Facebook-optimized infographics that showed the findings of their PVT with targeted advertising campaigns to broaden their organization’s digital footprint in a very narrow timeframe.

Facebook estimates that there are roughly 900 thousand users in Zambia (for reference, there are about 4.2 million in Kenya and around 900 thousand in Zimbabwe) so the potential audience was limited, but is disproportionately under thirty five years old (76%). This is a critical demographic for communicating competitive election information. By contrast, two of the three largest newspapers have print circulations of 29,000 and 25,000, while the largest is estimated at 40,000, according to EISA.

Discussing Data: Visualizing Nigerian Pre-Election Trends

Discussing Data: Visualizing Nigerian Pre-Election Trends

By Evan Summers | February 12, 2015

In the lead up to the March 2015 Nigerian elections, NDI partner, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), deployed a team of over 750 pre-election observers across each of the country’s local government areas (LGAs). These observers have spent the past few months collecting and submitting short message service (SMS) reports on various indicators of interest.

Introducing Our DemTools Newsletter!

Introducing Our DemTools Newsletter!

By Meron Menwyelet | January 30, 2015

Since the launch of DemTools: the Democracy Toolkit in August, the NDItech team has been hard at work. We've developed several new features and integrated our suite of tools into a range of programs that support groups working for democracy, open government, and citizen rights around the globe. To better and share these new developments with interested parties, we'll be sending out a quarterly DemTools Newsletter.

Afghanistan Elections 2014: Where will observers be?

Afghanistan Elections 2014: Where will observers be?

By Jared Ford | April 03, 2014

The upcoming Afghanistan election (5 April) is the third presidential poll since the fall of the Taliban, and should pave the way for the country's first-ever peaceful democratic transfer of power.

Given the public’s lack of confidence in the government’s ability to run a credible election, NDITech has worked with local partners to use digital technologies to enhance transparency and participation in the election process.

In the 2014 edition, the site highlights observer deployment shared by Afghan groups with the public. This enables stakeholders to understand which regions of the country will be covered by trained citizen monitors. In addition, polling center location and district aggregation data highlights the relationships between polling center locations and observer group coverage. As before, all data is available for download.