Project Brief

We applied our data-visualization technology to develop a dynamic, analytically powerful and customized data visualization platform to support the Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG) and its institutional partners to map out, evaluate, and analyze over 1000 local initiatives focusing on prevention, de-radicalization, and disengagement from extremist groups and ideology taking place across Germany. Using Keshif, IKG and institutional partners can easily and intuitively navigate across and analyze multiple local initiatives, identify potential blindspot regions that require interventions and re-allocation of resources, and use this information to assess the outreach of initiatives on the ground.

Early data and results from project will be made publicly available by the end of 2019.

About MAPEX Project

MAPEX is a scientific and interdisciplinary analysis program focusing on developing a comprehensive overview and understanding of the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) landscape in Germany. In particular, IKG and institutional partners have undertaken a nationwide survey and conducted large-scale qualitative research to map out, evaluate, and analyze over 1000 local initiatives on prevention, de-radicalization and disengagement from extremist groups and ideology taking place across Germany.

The Challenge

IKG and institutional partners use multiple types information streams to better understand the prevention landscape in Germany. They developed a detailed survey and large-scale qualitative research methods that include long-form interviews to gather and triangulate data pertaining to geographic, financial, resources, impact, staff and other key information on local initiatives across Germany. They sought to bring together these data streams into a real-time analytics platform and displays results in a way that it enables the German Federal Government, IKG institutional partners and researchers, to get a snapshot/overview and detailed information on local PVE initiatives and easily analyze them through multiple angles of analysis across geography, time, and themes.

Our Technical and Design Approach

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

  • We developed multiple thematic dashboards with interactive charts, and a rich, open-ended exploratory dashboard for use by researchers of MAPEX.
  • We designed rich interactive point-cluster maps that enable visual summarization of geographically close projects.
  • Our choropleth maps show project location and implementation regions at multiple scales, by state and district, on demand.
  • Our design solution reflects the look-and-feel theme of the main MAPEX website.
  • With set-matrix diagrams, our dashboard reveal relations between key areas of activities and field of prevention.
  • The dashboard solutions can be easily embedded into main project website, and include navigation within the solution.
  • The dashboards make use of Keshif's data processing scripts for raw survey data to apply project methodology and to generate data extracts that follow data privacy requirements.
  • Our solution supports multi-languages, with the ability to view data and dashboard in German or English.
  • We followed data privacy and hosting requirements set by the EU, German and partner regulations.

Our Project Lifecycle Approach

We followed a shared-design approach engages the client from discovery/ideation to the final delivery phase, allowing us to support their technical and thematic needs and contextualize the tool in a way that best fits their needs.

  1. In the discovery phase, Keshif consulted with internal IREX team and potential users of IREX to assess pre-existing MSI data practices and results, identify needs, goals, and challenges, and review visualization practices that would best reflect the methodology.
  2. We then applied our proprietary technology to rapidly transform the data into a rich interactive dashboard as the prototype.
  3. In the testing and evaluation phase, we worked to ensure that our solution was intuitive, user-friendly and engaging by conducting five usability studies sessions with practitioners with varying backgrounds and familiarity with MSI.
  4. Finally, with insights and feedback from the evaluation and usability tests on the visualizations, interaction, and methodology, our prototype evolved with refinements into the final solution for the MSI data exploration and analysis coupled with tailor-made user tutorials.

About Inst. for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Bielefeld Uni. & Partners

Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG), housed at the Bielefeld University, is one of the leading German academic institutes fostering interdisciplinary theory development and empirical research on the phenomena of conflict and violence and their implications for social cohesion, participation, democracy and peace. IKG’s core research clusters are Radicalization/De-radicalization, Discrimination/Equivalency, Integration/Marginalization, and Migration, Space and Social Change.

IKG manages the MAPEX initiative in cooperation with a network of research and institutional partners that include the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the German Foundation for Peace Research,, the LKA Saxony’s Wegweiser eV in Dusseldorf, the LOEWE program, and the Federal Working Group on Religiously Based Extremism (FOPH). The project is supported by Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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