FGV public policy tool selected as one of top 50 Brazilian graphic designs
Public Policy
11 August 2017

FGV public policy tool selected as one of top 50 Brazilian graphic designs

Initiative developed by the Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) aims to unveil the economic influences of the current members of the Brazilian House of Representatives, highlighting the main donor companies and the size of the funded parliamentary group.

Transparent House of Representatives,an interactive data viewing tool developed by FGV’s Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) that focuses on lobbying and campaign financing for federal congressmen, was chosen as one of the top 50 design productions by the curators of the 12th Brazilian Biennale of Graphic Design. The project is one of the highlights of an exhibition at Caixa Cultural, in Brasilia, which underscores the diversity of Brazilian design production — open until September 10.

According to the curatorship, the Transparent Chamber platform was defined by the jury of the 12th Biennale as an ‘original, relevant, and pertinent work,’ because in addition to combining a strong aesthetic sense to an efficient use of computer graphics to show the immense amount of information available on the TSE, this project provides a relevant public service by delivering a didactic and practical application of an open data policy.

The initiative aims to unveil the economic influences of the current members of the House of Representatives, highlighting the main donor companies and the size of the funded parliamentary group. The data used depicts the campaign revenues of federal congressmen and their appointments for thematic commissions. In the latter case, the tool strives to shed light onto the relationship between electoral financing and the defense of more specific interests. For instance, the tool checks whether the companies that make up the ‘Mineral Extraction, Steel, Metallurgy, Metal Products’ economic sector have donated resources primarily to federal congressmen in the Mines and Energy Commission.

Two other projects by FGV’s Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) were included in the event’s catalog: the department’s website and the ‘Brasileirão na Rede’ [Brazilian Championship on the Net] project. The new website gives more prominence to applied research, analyses, and data viewing tools developed by the team, in addition to a menu with all the features already developed by different areas of the Department. The ‘Brasileirão na Rede’ platform monitored the main topics of Brazilian football, bringing sponsors, clubs, fans, and sports managers closer.

To access the platform, visit the website.