Case Study

Rich Visual Analytics for
Freedom in the World Index

Project Brief

Keshif offers rich, dynamic and analytically powerful interactive data visualizations and dashboards for the Freedom in the World dataset by the Freedom House using our unique technology. Keshif's rich interactive suite of dashboards and charts include animated maps, score and ranking lists, time-series trends, dynamic scatterplots, customized country profiles, and powerful filtering across regions and countries.

Our solution effectively enables the public, analysts, civil society activists, and policymakers, with varying data skills and needs, to easily track global and country-specific freedom status and trends at a glance, and perform in-depth analysis and discovery of this leading public dataset that measures numerous political rights and civil liberties scores of over 200 countries and territories for the past 30 years.

About Freedom in the World

Freedom in the World Report, run by the Freedom House, is an annual global report that assesses the condition of political rights and civil liberties in 209 countries and territories across the world. For each country or territory, the report assesses annually numerical ratings of the following dimensions: electoral process, political pluralism and participation, the functioning of the government, freedom of expression and of belief, associational and organizational rights, the rule of law, and personal autonomy individual rights. The freedom status is assessed annually by a panel of experts and analysts, and the ratings are finally combined to determine whether the country is classified as Free, Partially Free, or Not Free. The report and the publicly available dataset are widely used and referenced by organizations, industries, and researchers that seek to study and understand country specific contexts and political developments over time.

The Challenge

The rich methodology of the Freedom in the World (FITW) dataset supports many perspectives to explore and learn about the freedom in the world over many years. However, current solutions that present the data are basic, limited in interactivity, focus on only specific highlights, and prevent rich in-depth analysis. The official FITW website presents, for each country or territory, a rich contextual narrative and predefined charts that show the overall freedom scores on four aggregate indicators, in addition to a map and a ranking view of all countries. The reuse and in-depth analysis of the raw data is hindered because civil society activists, researchers, policy analysts, and decision makers need to invest in time and analytics skills to use external analysis tools.

At Keshif, we recognized our technology provides unmatched capabilities to analyze this important dataset, and decided to provide the international development community and researchers the opportunity to truly interact with rich and historic data of this public resource, and analyze it in depth through multiple visualization techniques to reach insights that are otherwise hidden in the data.

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Solution Highlights

We developed an elegant, user friendly and analytically powerful visualization solution that fits the Freedom in the World data and methodology.

  • We developed multiple narrative dashboards with interactive charts for the public, civil society activists, and policy makers, and a rich, open-ended exploratory dashboard for use by analysts researchers.
  • We applied and customized our visualization data analytics technology for the Freedom in the World dataset to create in-synch animated maps, score and ranking lists, time-series trends and race charts, dynamic scatterplots, customized country profiles, and filtering across regions and countries.
  • We merged annual country population data with the scores of the dataset, to be able to derive richer insights on the number and percentage of people living in different freedom classifications per FITW methodology.
  • Our solution supports easy and intuitive analysis of key trends in the last decade, specifically, countries that have the highest decline or improvements in their freedom scores.
  • We customized to look-and-feel design of our technology to fit Freedom in the World methodology and its common presentations.
  • Our article presents a contextual, subject-matter analysis of the dataset with charts customized for presentation of key trends.
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About Freedom House

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. The organization generates world-class expertise to analyze the challenges to freedom, and creates opportunities to advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Freedom House was founded in 1941, and was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally. One of its flagship data-driven projects is the Freedom in the World Report, which it publishes annually.

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