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Media Impact Monitor is a novel tool for protest groups and NGOs to measure and visualize their impact on public discourse. The tool shows how activist events affect the discourse across various media sources, such as local and national newspapers, social media, parliamentary debates, and more. Protest groups can use it to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate their actions and adapt them in a targeted manner to draw attention to their issues.


NGOs and protest groups often want to draw more public attention to important issues in order to initiate social change. To do this, they organise panel discussions, publish articles on social media, send out press releases, organize demonstrations, practice civil disobedience, implement art actions, and so on. To evaluate their work, organizations often use “press hits” as a metric - but this is a poor substitute for the broader impact on agenda setting within public discourse, which the organizations are interested in but cannot easily analyze.

This impact on agenda setting is difficult to capture statistically because of the complex causal relationship between discourse, action events, and external events. A correlational and even a simple regression analysis would therefore lead to statistically biased results.

This is where the Media Impact Monitor comes in: It uses innovative causal inference methods to quantify and visualize how action events affect agenda setting in public discourse.

Examples: Protest groups such as “Last Generation” can use it to see whether their actions distract from actual climate policy discussion or contribute to it constructively; and NGOs such as Greenpeace can evaluate which of their formats are most effective in media terms, and can use their media impact as an argument for donating to them.


  • Portrait of David Pomerenke

    David Pomerenke

    Data Science
    M.A. Artificial Intelligence

    causal inference
  • Portrait of Lennart Klein

    Lennart Klein

    Data Science
    B.A. Political Science

  • Portrait of Lucas Vogel

    Lucas Vogel

    Frontend UI/UX & Development
    B.A. Interface Design


We are seeking activists and NGO employees to help us shape the tool: We are curious about your experience with media evaluation, your ideas and dreams, and your feedback on our prototypes!

Please send us an email or book a short meeting with us 🤗