First Mile Geo is an innovative new platform that helps researchers create surveys and visualize data in a way that facilitates the discovery and analysis of trends on the ground. The site is free and situated as an online cloud-based platform, which allows it to be accessed by numerous users from anywhere in the world in a variety of languages.
Under Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding from 2010-2011, the Media Map Project conducted research on the relationships between the media sector and both economic development and governance. The research also examined the evolution of donor practices supporting media development over two decades in six countries. The findings were many, but if we had to boil it down to a couple of quick headlines, we found:
The Media Map Project began as a multifaceted two-year research collaboration between Internews and The World Bank Institute, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The pilot phase took place between 2010 and early 2012.
The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) to conduct a six-month study beginning in August 2011 to understand the impact of the Wanakonnect dedications pilot project on local community radio stations and their interactions with communities.
The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) to conduct a 4-month study in Ghana beginning in September 2011 to understand the impact of the EPAWA SMS Helpline Network pilot project on the local human trafficking network, as well as the impact of the project on the local communities involved.