The Global Corruption Barometer is a gold mine of data about people’s experience of corruption around the world. How can we engage people with this data to raise awareness of the harmful impact of corruption, to motivate people to take concrete action, and even to become an anti-corruption activist?
Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer (the Barometer) is the largest cross-country survey to collect the general public’s views on, and experiences of, corruption. In 2010 and 2011 the Barometer interviewed more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, making it the most comprehensive round since the survey was launched in 2003. The Barometer explores the general public’s views about corruption levels in their country as well as their governments’ efforts to fight corruption. The 2010/11 Barometer also probes the frequency of bribery, reasons for paying a bribe in the past year, and attitudes towards reporting incidents of corruption.
In concert with the 2015 strategy, TI needs to do more than just present Barometer data to the public. We need to find ways to move people along the path from passive consumption of information to 1) active learning and understanding, 2) active participation in the fight against corruption, and 3) leadership in their community on the issue.
Some sort of interactive game would help at least with consciousness-raising around the issues. On our website we welcome over three million visitors per year. How can we use the Barometer data online to increase citizen engagement?