Why are we doing this?

At present there are a number of programmes and resources focused on adolescent girls (aged 10-19yrs) in Rwanda that have been initiated by varying organisations and government departments. The Girl Impact Map allows users to plot and visualise who is providing what for girls and where, to help identify potential gaps and highlight opportunities for collaboration.

In addition, the platform will map girls' behaviour and attitudes against these programmes, (e.g. where school attendance is low/high, where awareness of sexual and reproductive health is low/high), to inform hypotheses around what may be required by girls and where, throughout the country. These mapped hypotheses can be shared to initiate conversations with development practitioners, Rwandan government and others who are interested in adolescent girls' issues.

The Girl Impact Map is about making girl data accessible to new audiences, outside the world of Geographic Information Systems mapping and Monitoring and Evaluation. The platform therefore features an innovative 'alerts' system, drawing out key areas of interest as datasets are layered, drawing users' attention to areas of notable activity.

Who is behind the Girl Impact Map?

The Girl Impact Map is a project initiated by Girl Hub Rwanda. It has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including Rwanda government ministries, NGO partners and bilateral partners. All data included in the map has been provided directly by the relevant government ministry or NGO partner.

Using the Map

How should I interpret the data on the map?

The Girl Impact Map enables users to develop hypotheses and initiate conversations around existing and future programming and resources for girls in Rwanda. It is important to note that layered datasets do not imply causal relationships. Rather, data 'narratives' can be used to prompt conversations and present areas for deeper investigation and research.

How does the District Comparison tab work?

The district comparison function is a 'parallel coordinates chart' that allows users to compare metrics behavioural and attitudinal indicators across districts. This chart allows the user to click different district to see values of various indicators and to compare results with other districts.

When the map alerts the user to an 'area of interest', what does this mean and how has it been identified?

Alerts are a navigational tool for users. Mathematical conditions have been defined to create an alert, however, it is important to note that they are directing users to 'areas of interest' rather than highlighting definitive relationships. There are three main types of Alerts:

  • Highest and Lowest: The district/sector with highest and/or lowest values in the datasets plotted.
  • Difference: Where there are multiple datasets being displayed, alerts can indicate where a district/sector has a highest value for one dataset and a lowest value for another.
  • Change Over Time: For 'time series' the data is grouped into 20 percentile groups. When the value changes (rises/falls) by a large amount (10 or more percentile groups), the alert indicates a large rise or large fall.


What data is included in the Girl Impact Map?

The Girl Impact Map includes girl programme location data that has been sourced from individual organisations within Rwanda, along with girl resource location data sourced from the Rwandan government (including schools, clinics and police stations).

The platform also includes behavioural and attitudinal data from the National Census, DHS survey and National Attitude Survey, commissioned by Girl Hub Rwanda.

In addition, SenseMaker™ stories from girls are featured in 'more information' sections.

What is SenseMaker™ in the 'Hear from the Girl' section?

SenseMaker™ is a narrative-based research methodology and accompanying software that enables the capture and analysis of a large quantity of stories to understand complex change. It is a form of 'meta analysis' of qualitative data that bridges the gap between case studies and large sample survey data. The approach offers a methodological breakthrough for recognising qualitative patterns and trends in attitudes, behaviours, and relationships. It relies on storytellers analysing their own narratives to produce compelling quantitative data on social dynamics.

How often is new data uploaded?

Our technical support team uploads relevant data as it becomes available. Certain datasets, such as behavioural and attitudinal surveys, will be refreshed as often as the research cycle permits. Other datasets, such as NGO programme location, is updated as organizations provide updated information to the Girl Impact Map team.

How do I add my organisation's data?

If you would like to see your organisation's data featured on the Girl Impact Map, please get in touch to discuss this with our team.

How is the data in the Girl Impact Map verified?

The map is built on a custom database of cleaned and approved data. All data included in the map has been provided directly by the relevant government ministry or partner.


What software has been used to develop this platform?

The database that holds the data is sqlite, and the front end is in D3.

Is this mapping platform available for other countries?

This is the first mapping platform of its kind, for adolescent girls and is therefore a working prototype, to be tested over the next 12 months. It has been developed using software and coding that allows for future roll out in other countries.