Vote Compass - A Canadian Connection

18 Aug 2013 6:42 PM | Deleted user
In the lead up to the 2013 Australian federal election, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has commissioned an Australian edition of Vote Compass. What follows is what Vote Compass is, and how it was originally developed for Canadian elections.

Vote Compass is an interactive electoral literacy application developed by political scientists and is run during election campaigns. The results of Vote Compass is based on an individual's responses to a series of questions and statements which are specifically developed for a given election. Vote Compass generates a real-time analysis of how your views compare to the platforms of each political party vying for office. 

Vote Compass is a non-profit initiative operated by an independent, non-partisan network of academics from the University of Toronto. It is motivated by the premise that an informed and engaged electorate is crucial to a robust democracy. It increases the flow of information to the public by parsing political rhetoric and creating accessible conditions for basic comparative policy analysis. It provokes discussion on relevant matters as well as matters that might not otherwise be duly considered in an election campaign. 

To see how your views rate 
in the Australian election setting, click here!

The Founder and Executive Director of Vote Compass is Clifton van der Linden who in 2012 was named one of Toronto’s top young innovators by Post City Magazine and has written for The Globe and Mail and Policy Options Magazine, and appears regularly on CBC News.

Yannick Dufresne is Director of Communications, and is an experienced political analyst and campaign strategist. 

Gregory Eady, Director of Analytics, has training in quantitative methods from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research as well as in computational social science from Harvard University. 

Jennifer Hove is Director of Research, and has worked for both the CD Howe Institute and CIDA on matters ranging from BC energy policy to aboriginal issues. 

Click here to see how Canadian Vote Compass users rated Canada's campaign issues in the 2011 Federal Election.

For more information on Vote Compass, check out their website here.
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