Case Studies.

Elva is used in a growing number of initiatives worldwide. Explore a few of them below.

Mapping Youth Aspirations in Burundi


CENAP, Build Up

CENAP (Centre d’Alerte et de Prévention des Conflits) is currently conducting a mixed method participatory action research process on Burundian youth’s vision for their country’s future.

They are using the Elva platform to visualize the results from a survey with both qualitative (focus groups) discussions and quantitative (survey) data to support dialogue processes in Burundi.

The aim of the platform is to enable key stakeholders to interactively analyse/visualise the quantitative data during workshops, where this analysis can serve as a basis for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Strengthening community safety in Eastern Ukraine


UNDP Ukraine, the Institute for Peace and Common Ground (IPCG), Foundation 101

Communities along the contact line in Eastern Ukraine are facing a broad range of human security needs and challenges on an everyday basis.

In cooperation with UNDP, IPCG and Foundation 101 Elva is creating a platform showing regularly updated community-driven information about local security needs.

The project team will work together with local communities, local authorities, international organizations and other security providers to jointly analyse and address reported safety issues.

Monitoring Public Health in Indonesia


The Asia Foundation, YAPPIKA, Solidaritas Perempuan

Public health is an important issue for local civil society groups in Indonesia.

To get an adequate picture of the quality of public health clinics, several NGOs conducted a monitoring of local clinics in Jakarta and Aceh.

In just under 6 weeks, just under 4.000 comprehensive reports were collected using SMS, mobile and web forms.

The Elva Platform automatically translated these results in a range of visualizations, providing our partners with the insights and tools they need to engage public officials and advocate change.

Libya Social Peace Survey


Peaceful Change initiative (PCI)

PCI's Social Peace Index captures results of an ongoing survey of social peace in Libya since September 2014.

The Index provides an overview of local needs and perceptions of different populations groups throughout Libya.

The platform allows PCI to advocate local needs and policy recommendations with relevant stakeholders in and outside Libya.

It is part of an initiative to empower community leaders to monitor and manage conflict tensions during the political transition.

Activity Mapping in Abkhazia



In humanitarian operations there are usually many organizations working to provide assistence at the same time. There are rarely any quick overviews to see who does what.

UNDP Georgia wanted to map the activities of humanitarian organizations in Abkhazia.

The Elva platform allowed them to do so quickly and cost-effectively.

A Crisis Map for the Central African Republic


RJDH-Centrafrique, Internews

In August 2014 Internews asked us to develop Crisis Map in response to rising conflict in the Central African Republic.

The map contains reports by local journalists and humanitarian service providers  across the country.

As noted by ReliefWeb, it "allows the humanitarian community to display the information they need quickly and easily directly on the map".

The crisis in CAR is far from over. If you would like to support the further development of this platform, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Monitoring Violence in Bangkok


UNDP, Collaborative Center for Thai Violence Watch

In early 2014, national elections in Thailand were marred by violence as protesters clashed with security forces.

To monitor incidents, a group of volunteers based at Chulalongkorn University started monitoring the risk of further violence at 14 protest sites in Bangkok, in order to better understand the situation and track relevant developments.

Elva provided them with a platform to easily collect and visualize results from their monitoring efforts.

Let Georgia Breathe: Monitoring Air Quality


PfSP, Ecovision, USAID

Urban air pollution is one of Georgia’s most pressing public health issues.

Low public awareness contributes to pollution. For example, 85% of automobilists do not know that they can reduce fuel consumption by 25-30 % simply by changing their driving style.

To raise awareness, Ecovision, Partnership for Road Safety (PfSP) and Elva installed dozens of air quality monitors across Georgia to track air quality levels.

The results were visualized and used in a widespread advocacy campaigns in schools, TV shows and public events.

Photo (background) by Vladimir Shioshvili CC BY-CA 2.0

Friendly Roads for Georgia



With traffic accidents among the top five causes of death, Georgia's roads are one of the most urgent public health problems.

To raise awareness for this issue, Partnership for Road Safety used Elva to let citizens report the most dangerous traffic infrastructure in their neighbourhood.

The platform was used to convince policy-makers to take evidence-based and targeted action to prevent further accidents using.

Photo by Olga/ Олька - CC BY-ND 2.0

Development Priorities in Georgia


UNDP Georgia

UNDP Georgia wanted to have as many Georgians as possible participate in a national survey to determine Georgia's post-2015 development priorities.

Elva’s platform was used by over 3,000 Georgians to vote online as well as by SMS text message.

This allowed UNDP to target a much broader part of Georgia’s population - particularly in rural areas where internet penetration is comparatively low, but where post-2015 development goals are arguably the most relevant.

Election Monitoring in Georgia



In 2012 Georgia was the scene of heavily contested Parliamentary elections.

In order to gain much needed insights into the evolving pre-election climate across the country, our partners CRRC and CIPDD trained hundreds of citizen observers used to monitor the pre-election climate during the 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia.

Using a weekly SMS questionnaire, we were able to collect thousands of citizen reports containing over 20.000 indicators.

Automated visualization through the Elva Platform allowed for swift, real-time analysis of incoming results.

Photos by Marco Fleber CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Community Safety Network in Georgia


UNDP Georgia, Saferworld

Four years after the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia, people close to the dividing line with South Ossestia were still sufffering from the consequences on a daily basis.

The Community Safety Network enabled citizens to  share information on security developments with local security providers.

Along with security alerts, we circulated weather forecasts, agriculture news and other announcements.

The Network  reported over a thousand security incidents annually and helped addres dozens of emergency situations through early warning and response.