This year, over one thousand data professionals were invited to download the Global Peace Index data and visualise the peace gap
For the third consecutive year, data visualisation producers from around the world took on the Global Peace Index in the #dataforacause challenge. Over one thousand data professionals competed in this year’s challenge that tasked participants with analysing the diverging or converging trends of the global peace gap from 2008 to 2019.
Design innovation, interactivity and factual integrity characterise the best data visualisations. Harnessing data for 163 countries, across 23 indicators that span over a decade, is a challenge in itself. Presenting a comprehensive visualisation modelled in a simple and user-friendly aesthetic is a rewarding achievement.
The #dataforacause challenge brings skilled data visualisation professionals and mission-driven not-for-profit organisations together to help build awareness of global social issues through data communication.
After careful deliberation, the panel of judges including three research fellows from the Institute for Economics & Peace, are pleased to announce three winners.
This visualisation is clean and visually attractive, while portraying the peace gap through distribution in an innovative manner. Users can access the interactive tutorial to learn how to customise the visualisation, including the option to filter by regions and to change the dots to reflect population size, which offers another layer of analysis. This design is attractive, innovative and factual.
Although this visualisation is only one chart, it is full of well-selected details. It incorporates all of the countries, illustrates the peace gap, and shows the ranking movement over recent years. The latter provides an opportunity for analysts to deduce trends in improvements and deteriorations in peacefulness at various places on the index. The S curve contributes to a clear narrative in this visualisation.
Usability is the key to this data visualisation’s success. The three most impactful characteristics of this chart are the clearly labelled charts, purposeful interaction and the focus on the peace gap in each of the three Global Peace Index domains. The design is clean and lends users the ability to explore unique narratives.