Development and media development indicators.
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DW AKADEMIE - Media Viability Indicators (MVIs)

New indicators help to identify what is at stake
Now, more than ever, a clear understanding is needed of how news media outlets can stay – or become – viable. Which aspects should be considered when trying not only to survive financially as a media outlet but to produce quality content and attract enough income to run a successful business? What political frameworks need to be in place to foster a vibrant media landscape?
To answer these questions, DW Akademie has developed a new set of indicators. The Media Viability Indicators (MVIs) provide a practical tool that allow media managers, media development experts, and academics to gather data and evidence sorely needed for more effective strategies––by evaluating individual media outlets or entire information ecosystems. The framework considers a range of aspects covering politics, economics, communities, technology, and content.
The Vibrant Information Barometer is an annual study that tracks how information is produced, spread, consumed, and used.
Information production and consumption have drastically changed since the early 2000s. The Vibrant Information Barometer builds on what we learned from nearly two decades of implementing the Media Sustainability Index. VIBE offers a fresh way to measure and diagnose the challenges and opportunities of today’s complex information systems.
Here you can find a summary of an event discussing how VIBE can be used as a tool to increase impact in development. The 2021 VIBE study covers 13 countries across Europe and Eurasia (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine).
Evaluation Criteria - OECD
Global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
SDG Indicators — SDG Indicators
The MDIs: a framework for assessing media development
The Media Development Indicators define a framework within which the media can best contribute to, and benefit from, good governance and democratic development. The MDIs look at all aspects of the media environment and are structured around the five following categories:
    A system of regulation conducive to freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity of the media
    Plurality and diversity of media, a level economic playing field and transparency of ownership
    Media as a platform for democratic discourse
    Professional capacity building and supporting institutions that underpins freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity
    Infrastructural capacity is sufficient to support independent and pluralistic media
Taken as a whole, they provide an aspirational picture of the media ecology to be constructed in order to ensure freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity of the media.


A 2-in-1 Guide: Impact Assessment & Metrics

Offline Impact Indicators Glossary


Development portal.
The following is an edited version on d-portal's FAQs.

What is d-portal?

A view of all IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) data by recipient country or publisher, comparable with latest OECD DAC CRS (Creditor Reporting System) data.

Which datasets are included in d-portal?

IATI and CRS data (see below for more information).

What is IATI?

The International Aid Transparency Initiative - IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty.


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee Creditor Reporting System - which contains Official Development Assistance data.

Where does the data come from?

The IATI data comes from the IATI Registry.
The CRS data comes from CRS tables and stored on Github.

When / how is data in d-portal updated?

IATI data is updated every night (importing any data which has changed from the previous day) and a full import is done each weekend - in each instance the data is pulled from the IATI Registry.
CRS data is downloaded annually when it becomes available and then stored in Github.

How do I find out more about d-portal?

Read the full FAQs for d-portal here.

Edelman Trust Barometer

2021 Edelman Trust Barometer
2020 Edelman Trust Barometer

Global Ad Trends: The State of the Industry 2020/21 (2020)


WARC Data | Global Ad Trends: The State of the Industry 2020/21
Adspend is forecast to rise 6.7% in 2021 but how will it affect you and when will we see a recovery? 'State of the Industry 2020/21' summarises the latest research from WARC's Data platform, with a focus on advertising investment, media consumption and cost inflation this year and next.
Main takeaways
    It will take at least two years to fully recover after 2020 cut $63bn from the global advertising economy.
    This year's ad recession is worse than the last in absolute terms.
    Only 59% of this year's losses will be recouped.
    Online video is the only format to have its prospects upgraded.
    The government & non-profit sector was the only one to increase adspend in 2020.

Google News Initiative - What emergency funding means for publishers around the world (2020)

Google News Initiative - LUDOVIC BLECHER

What emergency funding means for publishers around the world

Media Impact Funders

Community Foundations & Media: Funding Data from 2009-2021 | Media Impact Funders
Media Impact Funders
This report shows that while the bulk of giving across many media types is concentrated to just a handful of community foundations, the scope of giving is “an encouraging sign that community foundations are recognizing the importance of supporting media as part of a larger strategy to build and sustain healthy communities.”

PwC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook

2021 Outlook segment findings

Open Data Inventory 2020-2021

Open Data Watch

Open Data Inventory—Global Index of Open Data - Open Data Inventory
The Open Data Inventory (ODIN) assesses the coverage and openness of official statistics to identify gaps, promote open data policies, improve access, and encourage dialogue between national statistical offices (NSOs) and data users.
ODIN 2020/21 covers 187 countries.
Read the ODIN 2020/21 Executive Summary of the Annual Report that will be released in February 2021.

USAID DRG Data Portraits (Dec 2020)

USAID Data Services

USAID Data Services and the Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) designed these Data Portraits to make critical data more readily accessible.
USAID Data Services and the Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) designed these Data Portraits to make critical data more readily accessible to the USAID DRG cadre and partners. The Data Portraits contain key data and context indicators from well-known external data sets related to DRG, for example, Freedom House and the Varieties of Democracy.
Currently, the only Data Portraits available are for the overall DRG sector in the countries where USAID works. Data Portraits for the following DRG subsectors will be available soon: Rule of Law, Human Rights, Civil Society, Elections and Political Transitions, Independent Media and Free Flow of Information, and Good Governance.
The available Data Portraits are organized by region. Use the links below to open the list of DRG Data Portrait options for each country, and they will open in a separate browser window.
Additional data:


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