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The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and Tandon School of Engineering at New York University are investigating ways human rights groups can use data visualization to enhance the impact and effectiveness of their research and advocacy.


With a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair Meg Satterthwaite collaborated with NYU Tandon professors of engineering and technology management, Enrico Bertini and Oded Nov, as co-primary investigators to research different methods that human rights groups use to visualize their data and how this can be improved.


Beginning with a seed grant from NYU-Poly, the team worked with Research Scholars John Emerson, Dr. Jeremy Boy, and Dr. Anshul Pandey on research and publication of papers examining the persuasive power of visualization, an empirical analysis of deception in visualization, and empathy in the use of anthropomorphized visualizations.  The team has partnered with non-governmental organizations focused on civil and political rights, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights to examine specific use cases and to test improvements within the context of active campaigns.


Using this body of research, the team developed guidelines to help human rights advocates use data visualization more effectively. The project disseminates these guidelines, its research, and other resources on the project website.