Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy


01/12/2013 to 30/11/2014
JumpStart International
Open Society Foundations
Donor Amount: 
98,000 USD

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy (VDA) builds on the successes of Visualizing the News in Georgia (VNG).

Since launching Feradi Info, the face of VNG, in January 2013, we have become convinced more than ever that visualizing is the tip of the iceburg when it comes to engaging an audience with facts and information. However, it is the tip that everyone sees and ultimately all the hidden work up to that point is there to support a concise message to encourage people to take some form of action or change some behavior.


We will focus VNG to take what we have learned about data-driven advocacy and the role that visualizations play in communicating messages to another level.

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy (VDA) will:

  1. continue to communicate important issues visually using alternative forms of media and creative approaches to “increase public conversation around important issues, increase the quality and frequency of computer-assisted/data journalism and storytelling, put facts before rumour, and increase the demand for more open, accessible, and relevant data and innovation critical to understanding the important issues in Georgia.”
  2. raise local CSOs' expectations of how they can integrate data, technology, and art and creativity to achieve goals and have an impact
  3. strengthen local CSOs' ability to carry out strategic data-driven advocacy activities using alternative forms of media and technologies
  4. strengthen JumpStart Georgia's core capacity to implement projects and to partner with CSOs to apply innovative and creative approaches to communication using data and open-source technologies

We will:

  1. continue to visualize news and issues
  2. strengthen local CSOs' ability to carry out strategic data-driven advocacy
  3. raise local CSOs' expectations of how they can integrate data, technology, and art and creativity
  4. strengthen JumpStart Georgia's core capacity
29 May 2014

Storytelling: An Agent of Creativity and Change in Georgia

You cannot (and should not) just throw a spreadsheet into someone's lap and expect that to make your case. Nor can you expect most busy people to read a thirty-page report. What you can do is break research and communication into chunks or stages. Organizations should view each chunk as an opportunity to communicate with one or many potential audiences. Explore what media speaks to each target audience.

02 May 2014

Building the Tools to Tell Stories That Matter

In our work with Charity Humanitarian Centre "Abkhazeti", an organization that works to improve the lives of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from Georgia's many conflicts, we realized we needed to try a new kind of storytelling. Until now, we have worked by-and-large using data to create infographics, mostly static visualizations of socially relevant data. By telling stories using well designed charts which convey complex information in an intuitive and easy-to-consume way, we have made complex stories accessible to a larger audience. However, in this particular case, we felt that we needed to personalize the story. We needed to put a face on it.

15 April 2014

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy: New Partners, New Projects

Over the past several months, JumpStart has been hard at work launching the project Visualizing for Data-Driven Advocacy. Within the framework of this exciting new project, we have teamed up with four local civil society organizations to add value to their advocacy campaigns through data analysis and visualization. Not only have we provided monthly trainings and educational material so that our partners can learn to run effective advocacy campaigns using data, but we’ve lent our expertise in data collection, analysis and visualization to their efforts.

27 February 2014

Useful Tools For Data Journalists

On February 13 2014, a group of around 20 individuals, most of whom were journalists, activists, students, and programmers, gathered in the central Tbilisi office of JumpStart Georgia for a screening of the documentary film Our Currency is Information, created by the Tactical Tech Collective; a US based non-governmental organization dedicated to the use of information in activism.

20 January 2014

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy: A Useful Checklist

Whether your organization is a big International Non-Governmental Organization that enjoys widespread visibility, or a small locally based Civil Society Organization, you could probably use some help to ensure that your campaigns are effective in delivering your message to the intended audience. While campaigners, governments, and donors have become increasingly aware of the power of data, it can still be hard to figure out what opportunities exist for your own organization. What data is persuasive? What does it take to manage it? How can it best be presented and to what audience? Essentially, how can data best be used in your advocacy campaign?

Build your own stories with StoryBuilder: Beautiful mixed-media stories made easy!

JumpStart invites you to join us at Frontline Club on 19 September 2014 at 15:00 as we discuss StoryBuilder, a new way for everyone to build mixed-media stories easily and effectively.

  • 19/09/2014 - 15:00 to 17:30

Public Workshop: How do you manage technical and design-oriented projects?

JumpStart invites you to share our discussion on how to manage technical and design-oriented projects. More and more journalists and civil society organizations are collaborating with programmers, designers, and artists to create more engaging media for better communication. JumpStart has gained significant experience in managing technical and design oriented-projects and would like to share our lessons learned, what practices we think work better, insight into workflow, and more. We'd love to hear your experiences, bad and good and how you have approached managing such projects.

  • 11/07/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00

Public Workshop: Telling Stories With Data

JumpStart Georgia will hold a workshop open to the public on what data is and why it's important when telling stories for journalism and advocacy. Specifically, we will discuss  what we mean by structured data, how to get structured data on a variety of topics in  Georgia, and how this data can be analyzed and communicated in a variety of ways. We will look at what tools exist that make it easier to collect, analyze, and communicate data to tell stories and advocate for change. The workshop, open to the public, will target civil society organizations and journalists.

  • 30/04/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00

Public Workshop: The How-To's of a Data-Driven Advocacy Campaign.

This workshop will be the second of JumpStart’s monthly trainings that cover a variety of aspects of using data to communicate, including data collection, use, analysis, and communication (visualization). This second workshop will cover the basics of how to plan and implement a successful advocacy campaign using data. All who are interested are welcome to attend, however the venue is limited to about 50 people, give or take. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your questions.

The workshop will be held at 3pm (15.00) on Friday 21 March in the Multimedia Education Centre.

  • 21/03/2014 - 15:00 to 16:30

Film Screening: From My Point of View & Unseen Wars

On Thursday 06 March, JumpStart Georgia will host a screening of two documentary films, From My Point of View and Unseen War, created by the Tactical Tech Collective. These two films are the second and third episodes of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech.

  • 06/03/2014 - 19:30 to 20:30

Film Screening: Our Currency Is Information

On Thursday 13 February, JumpStart Georgia will host a screening of the documentary film Our Currency is Information, created by the Tactical Tech Collective. Our Currency is Information is the first episode of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech. In this episode you will learn about methods for investigating corruption and organized crime.

  • 13/02/2014 - 19:30 to 21:00

Coloring Communication with Data

On Tuesday 28th of January, JumpStart Georgia will be hosting an exciting all-day event ‘Coloring Communication with Data’ at the Europe House in central Tbilisi. At JumpStart Georgia, we believe that visualizing data is the key to effective communication. Visualizations can help to strengthen the connections between raw data and the information and messages your data contains. The way data is framed and presented visually can help sway decision makers and other target audiences in the right direction by giving weight and clarity to your argument.

  • 28/01/2014 (All day)

Call to NGOs: JumpStart wants to visualize your message!

JumpStart Georgia is looking to partner with civil society organizations and NGOs to collaborate with over the next 12 months. Within the framework of our new project, Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy, we are looking to team up with organizations to add value to their advocacy campaigns by using data and visualizations for increased impact.

  • 13/12/2013 - 15:00 to 15/01/2014 - 18:00

JumpStart Georgia is looking for a Project Manager!

JumpStart Georgia is looking for a Project Manager for its new project Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy that starts December 2013. 

If you would like to join JumpStart Georgia's team, you can read the job description and submit your application form here

We are looking to hire as soon as possible!

  • 28/11/2013 - 12:00 to 13/12/2013 - 18:00

JumpStart to discuss dataviz and civic engagement for International Anti-corruption Day

On Monday, 9 December and International Anti-corruption Day, JumpStart Georgia will join Transparency International Georgia at the Holiday Inn to discuss how organizations can use  visual represenation to communicate complex data and engage audiences more effectively. Come join us for an engaging discussion!

  • 09/12/2013 - 15:00 to 18:00