Promise Tracker is a mobile phone-based data collection system that enables communities to monitor the performance of their local governments.
Using a simple web application, community groups can design a mobile phone-based survey, distribute the survey to community members’ phones, collect data using a mobile app, visualize it on a map and use the resulting data to advocate for change. Promise Tracker is designed to increase civic engagement and efficacy of community members who use it, giving them a path towards data-driven advocacy on local issues.
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.
The Promise Tracker team made our first visit to the northeast region of Brazil this past week to run a workshop with members of Nossa São Luís in the capital of Maranhão.
We have run workshops in 9 Brazilian cities to date to introduce civil society groups to the tool and launch data collection campaigns. See the map below for more information on workshops and issues monitored.
Throughout 2014, the Promise Tracker team collaborated with partner organizations in Brazil to conduct a series of 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, develop data collection surveys, gather information in the community and present collected data back to key stakeholders.
Following the launch of the Promise Tracker tools in São Paulo in March 2015, the Center for Civic Media has conducted workshops in cities throughout Brazil to introduce civil society organizations to the tool, gather 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 and we look forward to announcing our work on sensor integration in the upcoming months.