On Thursday, April 27th at 10:00am EDT Eric Meerkamper, Global Head of Citizen Engagement at RIWI, hosted the M&E Thursday Talks to lead a discussion on “Creating Opportunities for Accessing Global Citizen Opinion.”
This webinar highlighted Random Domain Intercept Technology(RDIT), an innovative methodology widely used to gather citizen opinion for data driven policy development and program initiatives. Eric shared recent examples of how the technology is gathering citizen opinions on diverse issues such as: global LGBTI rights (96,000 respondents in 63 countries);role of women and girls across the Middle East(30,000 respondents in 15 countries); food security in Haiti; public support for NGO’s in Kenya; and others. Developed byRIWI, RDIT safely, randomly, and anonymously surveys and engages citizens in every country in the world, including otherwise inaccessible countries and regions. It has proven to be particularly effective in gathering citizen opinion on sensitive topics and with populations otherwise underrepresented or excluded by traditional approaches.
To date, over 100 million citizens have been surveyed for RIWI’s partners, including: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Freedom House, Inter-American Development Bank, International Association of Prosecutors, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, MasterCard Foundation, Omidyar Network, UNICEF, UN World Food Programme, and the World Bank. RIWI is a consortium partner with SFCG on the USAID HRSM (Human Rights Support Mechanism)