for which we’ve located and standardised data such as legislative structures and electoral boundaries. We’ll contribute it to the Democratic Commons, so everyone can build tools for better democracy.
whose data we’ve added to the Democratic Commons.
Civic Tech Organisations 19
affiliated under the Code for All banner — now including mySociety!
“I’m proud of the amount of data on politicians we have supported being added to Wikidata — there is so much potential in this information to help and improve campaigning, transparency and advocacy across the world.” Georgie Community Manager
The year 1918
How far back the searchable, shareable, browseable parliamentary debates on TheyWorkForYou now go — so they include the maiden speech from Nancy Astor, the first woman to speak in Parliament (thanks Matthew!)
People Rebecca and Gemma interviewed for their research on digital democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.
“I’ve worked with people from all over the world this year - including Argentina, Brazil, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Taiwan. It’s been amazing to collaborate with partners from across the globe all working towards a common goal.” Owen Data Analyst
sent to TheyWorkForYou subscribers every month, so they know when their MP has spoken or their chosen keyword has been mentioned in Parliament
Where we provided Facebook with elected representative data to help them show people how to connect with their politicians
sent by citizens to their representatives through WriteToThem this year
of MPs’ pages on TheyWorkForYou
to the Parliamentary Monitoring sites we support in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya & Nigeria.
Pieces of data 3,000,000
What was the best bit about working from home this year?
Dave Best moment? Receiving cake in the post from Matthew
A developer Random pets gatecrashing meetings is always good!
Myf As a break from the usual holding our pets up to the screen during team meetings, it was lovely to see Jen with baby Arthur for everyone to coo over.
Louise H Thanks to gifs and sarcasm on Slack, I often sit at my desk laughing to myself.
Emily Working from home has allowed me to reconnect with some of my oldest friends, who also work remotely. We can meet up to co-work or check-in with each other on breaks throughout the day. It’s a whole new community.
David I’ve just submitted a really complex application. Creating a really strong response and getting it submitted on time was a really collaborative approach and effort and it’s probably the first time I’ve really experienced this remotely
A researcher It was nice to be able to pick up a laptop and work from my parents for a few weeks while my Mum was ill. Remote working lets you be flexible to problems.
What’s the research show?
Based on interviews with 65 politicians, civil servants and activists involved in democratic engagement across Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, our biggest piece of research was on the state of digital democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa and presents invaluable advice for anyone planning on building or funding new technology in the region.
We also published research into the use of Participatory Budgeting around the world.
A new mini-site, built by Research team member Alex, allows anyone to query the data to examine the representation of women around the world.
What are the factors that make a representative more likely to respond to a constituent? Our research looked at some possible causes.