Internews Center for Innovation and Learning supports global contextual formative research. We believe that major themes in media development warrant research on a grand scale to understand potential impacts and future trends. Our research explores, describes and classifies different information environments, and investigates the opportunities provided by global data, data literacy and communication within these spaces. Some of the major themes investigated by the Center so far include Information Ecologies, the Expanding World of Data, and Mobile Mapping Technology.
CrowdGlobe is an initiative highlighting deployments and research in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field that explore the strategic and effective use of mobile and mapping technology for new media, emergency response, political engagement and civic programs.
Launched in May 2012, our first iteration of the website is built to compliment our first report on data collected from Ushahidi's Crowdmap service, which provides a hosted version of the downloadable Ushahidi platform. Examining the use of nearly 13,000 instances, we examined general user patterns through a quantitative impact analysis alongside user surveys and highlighted case studies. You can read more about our first report here.
We are currently exploring options to maintain and expand our existing catalogs, engage in an ongoing dialogue with our partners in this field to highlight other platforms and other deployment contexts, and support the publication of additional reports.
The Media Map Project is a multifaceted two-year pilot research collaboration between Internews and The World Bank Institute, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Media Map is envisioned as a core long-term research contribution of the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning. The Media Map Project draws together what we know, and precisely defines what we do not know, about the relationships between the media sector and economic development and governance. The initiative makes extensive quantitative data on the media sector publicly accessible for exploration and analysis. The research also examines donors’ support for the media sector over time, while providing an evidence base for future decision-making on how best to support international media.
Through research, public events, and data, the project aims to engage the development sector in greater understanding and exploration of the role of media and information in development. In the next phase, Media Map will continue to provide data on the media sector, and will also focus on understanding and measuring people’s information needs in changing environments.
Internews, through its Center for Innovation and Learning and Pakistan teams, is interested in leveraging design approaches to support its program work. To do this, Internews has partnered with Reboot to conduct original design research into the information and media ecosystem in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) regions of Pakistan.
Design research presents a robust set of tools for understanding complex and nuanced factors of human behaviour. It blends a sociological understanding of people’s motivations, with a systems-based analysis of the political, cultural, and technological factors that can constrain or enable them.
Using design research methods, this project aims to produce a nuanced understanding of how FATA communities –– both in the FATA and those in KP –– currently seek, access, share, create, and evaluate information. It also seeks to identify concrete opportunities to improve information access in the region, particularly through applications of technology.
Lessons from this project will contribute to the global learning objectives of Internews by developing a broad understanding of the tools, process, and impact of human-centered design on media development projects.