I have been involved in developing two major impact projects that aim to harness the digital environment in order to improve the availability of political information:
OpenElections is an online platform that uses citizen-science to track and analyse election communications from political parties. The project aims to increase the transparency of British general elections by allowing citizens to analyse what political parties and candidates talk about in their election leaflets across the country. The project is funded by a UK Research and Innovation grant.
The Democratic Dashboard website was created to increase political engagement by making an array of voting information more accessible and better tailored geographically for voters. The site covered every local and national UK election since 2015.
Between 2017 and 2020, I was responsible for managing and developing the site. Based on qualitative and quantitative UX research, I integrated a polling station finder and information about local candidates. The site received around 30,000 pageviews per month (and around 1,000,000 during election campaigns), and has been featured on the Independent, Guardian, Express, and ITV.