In Ethos Public Policy Lab we are committed to creating a more informed and engaged civil society in various policy issues. This project of data visualization intends to simplify the content of interesting and complex reports, indexes and rankings, making this information easier to digest and learn. The objective of the project is to display the analyzed and process information represented in the infographic in our social networks, web page and newsletter, keeping in mind the importance of increasing the reach of our product. We believe that an informed and engaged society is a powerful element to transform public policy and improve democracy.
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Every year, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) analyzes the national budget and produces a Citizen Budget Guide. This is because the Budget statement is a technical document that many citizens do not understand, hence the need to produce a simplified guide. This infographic was published to deepen public understanding of budget allocation in the health sector, since there was a gap in terms of citizen understanding of budget allocation and informative media reportage of the same in Kenya, after the country adopted the devolved system of governance, a radical departure from the past.
Health is the most important and expensive social sector that was devolved in Kenya’s new government structure. This will be critical to help the government tackle disease burden at the grassroots, and is expected to boost efficiency and accountability and a consequence of failure would have a big impact on people’s lives. It is therefore important that the citizens are adequately informed on the budget allocations and functions of the different levels of government.
CIPPEC data is a dynamic visualization based on an interactive cartogram that shows how Argentina’s map would be if it reflected a number of social, political and economic variables. The cartogram reflects the value of these indicators for different provinces and their relative weight in a topic of interest. The map is deformed and shows, for example, the weight of the province of Buenos Aires, which accounts for 40% of Argentina's population. A new transformation, however, shows the same province shrinking when it reflects one of the lowest incomes from the tax revenue sharing system.
The aim of the initiative is to show the differences between the provinces in a series of indicators, to explain structural problems Argentina faces in terms of inequality.
The MAD visualization was prepared by the Igarapé Institute, PRIO and Google Ideas in 2012 (and re-launched in 2013). It documents millions of military and civilian small arms transfers (exports and imports) around the world since the early 1990s. The width of the line connecting states represents the scale (in dollar value) of the transfer. Its color determines whether it is an import or an export. It is highly intuitive. MAD was originally developed as an experiment for a major Google summit on illicit networks. It was updated with new data in 2013 and launched with the intention of impacting United Nations negotiations on a new arms trade treaty (ATT) as well as stimulating a more sophisticated global debate on the dynamics of international arms and ammunition transfers. The goal was to take a complex topic and render it more accessible for public debate and scrutiny.
The document visualizes the geographic distribution of political parties' organization in Guatemala. To create it, the code in R used for data analysis was integrated into LaTeX using Sweave; it results in a high quality printed publication that allows the public to reproduce the analysis and explore the data.