Mr. Gagan Bansal, Maps Architect of Rediff labs helped us to create the map.
The project’s aim is to arrive at the prevalence of peace and happiness in various countries, especially in an era of terrorism and intolerance. We at Rediff labs wanted to compare the happiness quotient of each country to see where they rank, and to inform the readers how the peace index for each country differs from the others, and the part each country plays in increasing world peace.When a country is high in peace then it will be high in happiness which will lead to high human development index.
What makes this project innovative?
The main innovation behind this project is the use of three global indexes to arrive at a conclusion. The three indexes which we considered are the World Happiness Index by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Global Peace Index by the Institute of Economics and Peace, and the Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Index. We visualized these three indexes in a way that the user finds it easy to follow and understand. We calculated the changes from 2015 to 2016 for each index and categorized it accordingly. We plotted these indexes on a map where the size of the circle is the score in 2016
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
We measure the impact of our project through the page views it has received. This particular data article got 53864 unique page views and it got 70460 clicks within few days after it got published.
Source and methodology
This data driven project has three indexes to paint a picture of each country. The three indexes which we considered are the World Happiness Index by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Global Peace Index by the Institute of Economics and Peace, and the Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Index. For each index we took the data for years 2015 and 2016, which are the latest available data. Through these we could source the rank and score for each index so we found the change in the score for each country from 2015 to 2016 using the difference formula. Once we found the change in score, then we categorized it from highly improved to highly deteriorated. We checked for the correlation between the indexes in order to see if the three indexes correlate with each other.We found that while the World Happiness Index and Human Development Index were highly correlated with each other, the Global Peace Index shows the negative peace of a country. Negative peace is the absence of violence or the fear of violence. The Index gauges global peace using three broad themes: the levels of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic or international conflict and the degree of militarisation. So the World Happiness Index and Global Peace Index are negatively correlated.
The technologies used in this data-driven project are Microsoft Excel for analyzing the data, and Rediff’s map platform based on OpenStreetMap.