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The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame

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Monitoring policy-related international news and specific global events is challenging. The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame knows this first hand.


As a recognized global leader in monitoring the implementation of civil war peace agreements, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies’ Peace Accords Matrix team was seeking a more efficient way to aggregate, filter and monitor daily international news critical to the success of the Columbia Peace Accord.


“We needed something that was flexible enough to track regional Spanish language sources. The traditional research databases couldn’t provide this.”

In the past the Kroc Institute had used Factiva and Lexis-Nexis. The challenge was that a lot of emerging digital sources, departmental and regional papers are not picked up by those research databases. This required the Kroc Institute team to manually check 32 different newspapers on a daily basis. They quickly realized that was not a sustainable or scalable approach..

Why Attensa?

“The most valuable outcome of using Attensa has been the ability to monitor a high number of sources in a very efficient way.”

The Kroc Institute already had well-defined Boolean searches from Factiva and Lexis-Nexis so getting started with Attensa was quick and easy. The Kroc Institute research team immediately benefitted from Attensa’s ability to both aggregate and then apply filters to daily feeds of content.

“Collecting information from multiple websites at one time and then having the capability to filter against topics was like a double advantage.”

Attensa helped the Kroc Institute team increase productivity, measurably increase the throughput of their research and get a lot more done in the same amount of time.

“Attensa helps remove the manual effort from daily information gathering. By using Attensa to aggregate and filter down to just the relevant information we’re after, from the sources we need to monitor, we’ve measurably increased the efficiency of our information processing.”

“For daily information gathering, Attensa has been a very helpful tool. The experience of working with Attensa is easy, fast and efficient.”

More about The Kroc Institute for International Peace at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Kroc Institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and justice.

“Triangulation of data is a huge issue and media is an importance source in our work.”

Started about 10 years ago, the Peace Accords Matrix analyzes the 34 comprehensive peace agreements that have been negotiated between 1989 and 2016, including the latest agreement from Columbia.

A comprehensive peace agreement is defined as an agreement where the major parties to the conflict all sign the accord. It also involves substantive issues dealing with the underlying root causes of conflict that were included in the negotiations, instead of focusing solely on security issues.

The Kroc Institute tracks the implementation of peace agreements across 51 categories; such as amnesty, development, demobilization, human rights and many more. By monitoring and coding news related to the peace agreement, the researchers are able to compare and contrast the sequences of implementation that best lead to sustainable peace.