Budget quiz: Do you know how your taxpayer dollars are spent?
Organisation: ABC News (Australia)
Publication Date: 03/30/2016
Size of team/newsroom:small
DescriptionWe developed a quiz based around a custom range input, which attempts to visually convey the units the given range represents. For this specific case, we represent Australia's budget as $100, and challenge the audience member to guess the number of dollars that are allocated to specific budget (sub)areas. Upon answering a question, we reveal the correct answer in the same visual manner, so they can grasp the relative difference between their assumptions and reality. The typical audience for this is anyone who takes an interest in Australia's economy and politics, though we feel that the presentation style is accessible enough that it may tempt people outside that interest area, hopefully engaging them in the process. We aim to be as inclusive as possible, which is why we spent time making the quiz fully keyboard accessible (something which is usually an after-thought when developing custom interactive components).
What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?The strength of this interactive lies in its ability to educate rather than simply assess the audience's knowledge. Although it is presented in the format of a quiz, its purpose is to drip feed facts in a more engaging way. A straight news piece on the data (or even a table) wouldn't have kept the audience's attention long enough to communicate the data in its entirety. Plus, we're better at absorbing and retaining information when we feel like we're discovering it, rather than being dictated to.
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