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Adult Obesity in the United States

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Adult Obesity in the United States

Creators:

Jeff Stanger, CDI Lab, Pim Linders/Data Focus, Burness Communications

Organisation and country:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, USA

Description:

Adult Obesity in the United States tracks the rise in obesity rates since 1990 using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The interactive visualisation is the centerpiece of the annual State of Obesity report co-produced by the Washington, DC-based Trust for America's Health and the Princeton NJ-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, and accompanying interactive, are the authoritative annual statement on obesity rates in the United States. The visualisation presents adult obesity rates from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia over 25 years, clearly illuminating the rapid rise of obesity over time using a line graph, dynamic table, and map that is zoomable by isolate particular geographic regions. The audiences for the piece are journalists, policymakers and the engaged public. The visualisation has been accessed nearly 50,000 times since its launch in early September and has been a primary driver of extensive media coverage about the obesity issue as well as social media conversation at #stateofobesity.

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Lowy Institute 2014 Polling Interactive

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Lowy Institute 2014 Polling Interactive

Creators:

Stephanie Dunstan, Alex Oliver, Nirupam Gupta

Organisation and country:

Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia

Description:

As the leading tracking survey on Australian international policy, the annual Lowy Institute Poll provides an independent, rigorous, reliable basis for understanding Australian attitudes to the world. 2014 marks the tenth year of the Lowy Institute Poll. Over the past ten years, the Poll has identified significant shifts in public sentiment, and has provoked vigorous debate on issues such as Australia's relationship with the United States, investment from China and climate change.

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Reading national signatures in urbanisation-income space

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Reading national signatures in urbanisation-income space

CREATORS:

Gordon McGranahan, Anna Walnycki, Duncan Clark, Robin Houston

ORGANISATION AND COUNTRY:

International Institute of Environment and Development, UK

DESCRIPTION:

The visualisation, created in partnership with interactive data specialists Kiln, explores the complex and crucial relationship between income per capita and urbanisation. It combines a video-style "Talkie" introduction that tells the key stories with full interactive controls that allow the user to explore the data at their own pace. It was developed to bring a rich time-series dataset to life and to provide policy experts and interested members of the public alike with a more nuanced understanding of how the urbanisation–GNI relationship differs around the world – and in particular in the BRICS nations and their respective regions. The visualisation has been widely used in talks as well as being featured online, where it has generated a lot of interest.

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The Complexity of Governance

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The Complexity of Governance

Creators:

Jim O'Neill, Michelle Kovacevic, Ashwin Ravikumar, Regga Rantai

Organisation and country:

Centre for International Forestry Research, Indonesia

Description:

When infographic designer Jim O’Neill and writer Michelle Kovacevic met with CIFOR scientist Ashwin Ravikumar to talk about visualising the findings of a legal report on decentralisation in Peru, they discovered something interesting. 

Buried inside the findings of the dry legal document they found a much richer story about the very complexity that makes multilevel governance such a daunting topic for non-experts.
The team decided to link a stylized biophysical representation of the landscape with a Sankey-like line diagram of the related governance space. The graphic’s dense first glance rewards further investigation by the user, with the interactive functionality providing a simplifying lens through which to filter the variables. This highlights the intense complexity faced by actors when overlapping geographical land-use definitions combine with a multilevel web of governmental responsibilities, but allows genuine understanding of who-does-what.

By collaborating directly with CIFOR scientists working in situ, the team was able to combine data from a legal study on decentralization in Peru with interviews conducted for CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+. These data were used to visualise the role of various government agencies in land-use planning and governance for a single region of Peru.

In the month since it was published, the infographic has had over 1000 page views and has just been translated into Spanish. In addition to it's primary purpose, the infographic is also proving to be a powerful learning and teaching tool for scientists and policy negotiators wishing to illustrate the complex nature of landscapes and landscapes approaches.

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Visualizing the Past, Present and Future of Carbon Emissions

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Visualizing the Past, Present and Future of Carbon Emissions

Creators:

Bill Dugan, Johannes Friederich, Duncan Clark, Robin Houston, Kelly Levin, Jennifer Morgan, Thomas Damassa

Organisation and country:

World Resources Institute, USA

Description:

This interactive visualisation, based on data from WRI’s CAIT and the IPCC, shows how national CO₂ emissions have changed over the last 150 years, how much of the global carbon budget these emissions have used up, and what the future might hold. Featured on the Guardian's homepage, it's gotten ~35,000 views in one day.

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Reformers - Restraining evil debt

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Reformers - Restraining evil debt

Creators:

Peter Goliaš, Eugen Jurzyca, Peter Klátik, Matej Tunega

Organisation and country:

Institute for Economic and Social Reforms, Slovakia

Description:

The idea is a reaction to concerns about growing public debt in Slovakia. Mainly due to demographic changes, Slovakia’s public debt is expected to rise without any change in policies and without accounting for the negative effects of an unsustainable debt mounting to 269% of GDP by 2063. The potential public finance crisis may threaten democracy, reverse the integration process, strenghten extremists and deepen poverty.

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Think-Act-Impact Video Animation: Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in Serbia

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Think-Act-Impact Video Animation: Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in Serbia

Creators:

Stefan Sipka, Nebojsa Lazarevic

Organisation and country:

European Policy Center in Belgrade (Centar za evrposke politike - CEP), Serbia

Description:

This animation was developed for the project 'Think-Act-Impact: Ensuring Improved Implementation of EU Directives on Environmental Impact Assessment in Serbia', which comprises research as well as practical activities focused on environmental impact assessment (EIA) and particularly the functioning of institutions and public participation.

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Pathways to the future we want

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Pathways to the future we want

Creators:

Tatiana Oliveira, Lais Ramalho, Vitor Hugo Anastacio, Jonathan Fernandes

Organisation and country:

Brazilian Center for International Relations – CEBRI, Brazil

Description:

Since 2010, CEBRI and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS, in German) have decided to unite their strengths in order to promote debate on the sustainable development agenda from the specific point of view of international relations. Throughout this long term partnership, we have carried out several projects with annual duration, all of which have analyzed important issues. Since 2013, this partnership has been developed through the project Pathways to Future We Want.

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Survey of Progress in International Economic Governance

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Survey of Progress in International Economic Governance

Creators:

Som Tsoi, Caroline Simpson

Organisation and country:

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada

Description:

The submitted data visualisation is an interactive webpage created in support of the 2014 CIGI Survey on Global Economic Governance, which tracks annual progress made by the Group of Twenty (G20) and other international economic governance institutions in strengthening international cooperation. The visualisation aims to show overall economic progress in four key areas through a colour coded scale and pie chart visualisation – making heavy qualitative analysis quickly digestible. The rankings/responses of each participating expert are also available, allowing users to review results collectively or on an individual basis.

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Visualisation of the DEREX Index

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Visualisation of the DEREX Index

Creators:

Csaba Molnár, Jonathan Ravasz, Péter Krekó

Organisation and country:

Political Capital, Hungary

Description:

The interactive map was developed to visualise the Demand for Right-Wing Extremism Index (DEREX). German sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf said it takes six months to replace a political system, six years to transform an economic system, and 60 years to change a society. Political Capital’s DEREX index makes it possible to track changes in social phenomena that threaten to radicalise a society.

DEREX measures the size of the group in a given country susceptible to far-right ideologies and political messages (the 'attitude radicals').

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Be informed and choose: Candidates for regional and municipal elections 2014

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Be informed and choose: Candidates for regional and municipal elections 2014

Creators:

Wilson Hernandez B., Julio Avellaneda, Gabriel Chavez Tafur

Organisation and country:

CIAD - Centro de Investigación Aplicada al Desarrollo (Centre for Applied Development Research), Peru

Description:

In Peru, the common elections dilemma (who should I choose?) is heightened by two information asymmetries: voters unaware of candidates profiles and candidates unfamiliar with the needs of their locality. This results in candidates' proposals unmatched with their locality's needs, and voters led by candidates’ personal marketing instead of by their ideas.

As a part of CIAD's 2014 election campaign, we addressed these two asymmetries with two complementary data visualisations: 'Get informed and choose' and the 'District Social Needs Index'. 

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Demystifying data: A visualization based on the IPPF/Guttmacher report

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Demystifying data: A visualization based on the IPPF/Guttmacher report

Creators:

Tia Jeewa

Organisation and country:

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, USA

Description:

The ‘Demystifying Data visualization tool’ is intended to help inform advocacy work around adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, including increasing funding and improving access to information and services. 

It compiles data from national surveys in 30 countries and offers a snapshot of the current challenges that young people face when trying to access Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services. The tool highlights in particular the need for comprehensive sexuality education to empower thousands of young people around the world.

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Statistics Mapping Interactive Atlas

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Statistics Mapping Interactive Atlas

Creators:

Rodolfo Elías

Organisation and country:

Desarrollo, Participación y Ciudadanía, Paraguay

Description:

The visualisation is a mapping tool that fetches statistical data from a local database and maps social indicators onto a district-level or department-level map of Paraguay. Current implementation includes agriculture- and education-related data from institutional investigations and national statistics surveys. The tool allows selection of district or department-level map selection, then choice between 38 education-related indicators and 35 agriculture-related ones. 2015 development plans will include economy, poverty and social participation data.

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