As part of our recent trip to Belém to share the work of our partners throughout Phase II of the project, we held a design workshop we with over 30 university and high school students from Belém and Santarém that have[…]
This month we’re excited to be sharing initial findings from the Phase II Promise Tracker case studies, developed over the past year with partners at the University of São Paulo’s Colaboratory for Development and Participation (Colab-USP). With support from Humanitas360,[…]
Over the past 2 weeks, 98 public accounting students at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) visited 15 public high schools across the city of Belém to launch an unprecedented pilot program to monitor the quality of school lunches. Over[…]
Over the past month, our team has been developing the first prototype for integrating low-cost mobile sensors into the Promise Tracker platform to expand the range of information that citizens can collect and map with our toolset. We are excited to work with[…]
On Saturday we accompanied a group organized by the residents association in the São Paulo neighborhood of Moema. We gathered in a cake shop with an eclectic group including local business owners, participatory councilors, a representative from the local branch of city hall[…]
We had the pleasure of collaborating with Nossa Ilhéus on Thursday to debut Promise Tracker in the state of Bahia. Working with a group of student activists, media makers, professors, and members of councils on education and entrepreneurship, we developed campaigns to[…]
Nossa São Paulo and the Promise Tracker team traveled to Brasilia this week for the first international conference of the International Sustainable Cities network. There were reps from cities across the globe who gathered to share best practices from the 12 different focus[…]
On March 23, the Center for Civic Media and Rede Nossa São Paulo teamed up for the public launch of Promise Tracker and De Olho nas Metas.
On Friday we visited Comunitas to run an introductory workshop with the organization’s program staff and creators of the Brazilian civic app, Colab.re. The group created demo campaigns, discussed potential applications of the tool within the Comunitas network and explored some of the[…]
On Thursday we traveled across Minas Gerais to work with leaders of Nossa Betim and students from a local technical school.
We traveled to Belo Horizonte this week to introduce Promise Tracker to civil society group NossaBH and members of their network.
Promise Tracker is a citizen-monitoring platform designed to help communities track issues they care about and use that information to advocate for change with local government, institutions, or the press.
More than a data collection platform, Promise Tracker is a civic process designed to gather groups of citizens to discuss critical issues in their communities, collect actionable information to better understand those issues, and engage in dialogue with local actors in order to develop solutions.
Promise Tracker has been developed in partnership with a network of civil society partners in Brazil through a series of design and implementation workshops. For more information on partners and themes, see the map below.
Throughout 2014, the Promise Tracker team collaborated with partner organizations in Brazil to conduct a series of design workshops to guide the development and testing of the Promise Tracker tools. Working with Rede Nossa São Paulo in São Paulo and the Office of Strategic Priorities in Belo Horizonte, we gathered community leaders and participatory councillors to identify pressing local issues, test data collection processes, gather information in the community and present collected data back to key stakeholders.
Following the development of the initial prototype of the Promise Tracker tools in March 2015, the Center for Civic Media has conducted workshops in cities throughout Brazil to pilot the process with civil society organizations, gather and integration ongoing feedback on the platform and methodology, and train groups of trainers to multiply workshops in their regions. The Promise Tracker tools are under active iteration. Check out the news section for updates from the field.
Promise Tracker is a project of the Center for Civic Media in collaboration with a network of Brazilian partners including Nossa São Paulo, the Social Observatory of Belém, Projeto SOL, the Laboratory for Innovation and Control in the Public Sector at the Federal University of Pará, and the CoLaboratory for Development and Participation at the University of São Paulo. The Center for Civic Media is a research group at the MIT Media Lab that works hand in hand with diverse communities to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess civic media tools and practices.We are inventors of new technologies that support and foster civic engagement and political action, we are a hub for the study of these technologies, and we coordinate community-based design processes locally in the Boston area, across the United States, and around the world.
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