CIVICUS Monitor: Tracking Civic Space

In 2016, CIVICUS will launch its next generation tool to map, track and analyse civic space trends. The CIVICUS Monitor web platform, due to go live in October 2016, uses multiple information streams to track developments related to civic space in each country around the world, communicating analysis and updates in as close to real time as possible. The Monitor will be a source of valuable information and analysis to underpin fact-based advocacy on civic space at the national, regional and global levels.


The CIVICUS Monitor is designed to provide civil society with reliable information on civic space trends on a global scale. As a global alliance, we know that measures of democracy, civil society and human rights are often distrusted, criticised as biased or disregarded because of a lack of connection to the experiences of citizens and CSOs. We see an opportunity to change this:

Prioritise local voices through multiple sources

The CIVICUS Monitor triangulates multiple sources of information on civic space, while also prioritising the voices of local civil society groups and actors. Eight distinct information streams – both quantitative and qualitative data – will be fed into a central system at CIVICUS, resulting in more representative and nuanced perspectives.

Ratings and country-focused pages

This data will inform our rating of each country’s civic space either as CLOSED, REPRESSED, OBSTRUCTED, NARROWED or OPEN. The data streams will also feed into individual country pages, which will provide a variety of rich information on civic space.

Real-time, nuanced information

Our members often tell us that indexes and measures of civil society should be more nuanced and more closely reflect shifting local dynamics. The CIVICUS Monitor will provide continual updates that are as near to real time as possible, so that it accurately conveys a picture of the rapidly changing conditions on the ground

Civic Pulse

As one of the data inputs to the CIVICUS Monitor, the Civic Pulse aims to track conditions for civil society and the confidence of key civil society leaders to create change. As a tool for civil society, by civil society, it periodically engages key voices for social change in collaborative and crosscutting research. Working with our network of partners, CIVICUS aims to build and maintain opinion panels of 300 – 500 key voices in civil society in each country.


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