Transparency International Defence & Security

Transparency International Defence & Security needed four new websites built; these would be freestanding, but closely linked. Firstly, they needed websites for two of their indices: the Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI) and the Defence Companies Index (DCI). Based on feedback on the previous websites, the data needed to be presented more clearly, with overviews and comparisons being easy to find for audiences interested in the bigger picture, such as journalists, without sacrificing access to more in-depth analysis for audiences who want it (e.g. researchers). Additionally, TIDS wanted a separate website built to hold case studies, tools and guidance on how to prevent corruption on international military operations. Finally, a new main site would link out to all of the above, whilst also acting as a hub for publications, news and general information.

It was important for these four websites to be distinct, due to different audiences and the volume of information on each, but visually similar and linked where relevant.

  • Client : Transparency International Defence & Security
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  • Issues : Corruption, Defence, Security, Data Visualisation
  • Services Offered : Branding, Web Design, Web Development

Main Website

The main Transparency Defence & Security website was built to hold general information about the work the organisation does, as well as their publications and articles. Content was built to be searchable and filterable by key terms and to be easily linked to from the indices where relevant.

Government Defence Integrity Index

The GDI assesses the quality of countries' institutional controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence and security institutions. With countries being given scores on questions within risk categories and "subindicators" within the questions, the GDI was the more complex of the two indices; it was a real challenge to present the scores and the tiered scoring system clearly, whilst making sure more in-depth analysis and methodology was also accessible for users who required it.

It was also important that country scores could be compared directly so we built several ways of doing this: countries could be compared by overall scores on the homepage, by subindicators at the question level, in a table by risk categories (filterable by regions) and in a map. The map is a particularly important feature, helping users get a broad overview, as well as incorporating arms trade deal data and references to the DCI data.

For both indices we built custom Wordpress plugins to allow the client to upload the raw data in spreadsheets, leaving the code to make calculations and place the countries (or companies) within their respective bands.

Defence Companies Index

The Defence Companies Index looks at Anti-Corruption and Corporate Transparency, scoring and comparing companies based on indicators across 10 categories. The site was built to be similar to the Government Defence Integrity Index, but with its own identity. Darker blue and navy colours helped to create a more corporate feel to this index.

Once both indices were built, it was important to link them together where relevant. On a DCI company dashboard the users would therefore see a breakdown of the GDI information for the country that company operates in. Similarly, on a GDI country dashboard, the user would see scores for companies that operate within that country.

Interventions Anti-Corruption Guidance

Finally, the Anti-Corruption Guidance website was built to hold a suite of guidance materials, tools, and resources that educate military personnel, operational planners, and key defence decision-makers on how corruption can affect military operations and what they can do about it.

As well as creating a structure and templates for the various content types (e.g. case studies, exercises, risk pathways with indicators and mitigations), we built a custom strategy builder allowing users to search TI-DS's corruption indicators and warnings, select relevant indicators, and export a spreadsheet to help them create an anti-corruption strategy.

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