Africa Check publishes independent fact-checking research and evaluations to increase the understanding of the impact of fact-checking, promote fact-checking research in Africa, and develop evidence-based approaches in the field.

Evaluations

Since 2016, we’ve commissioned the following independent evaluations:

Title of study: “After the fact”: A qualitative evaluation of Africa Check

Researcher: Alan Finlay

Date of publication: January 2016

Country: South Africa

Title of study: From reducing fake news to validating the facts: A triangulated evaluation of the awareness and impact of Africa Check’s work in Nigeria

Researcher: Dr Theresa Amobi

Date of publication: January 2019

Country: Nigeria

Title of study: Le poids du Fact

Researcher: Dr Sahite Gaye

Date of publication: November 2018

Country: Senegal

Research briefs

Africa Check, Chequeado and Full Fact draw on a year-long research project to help fact-checkers tackle misinformation more effectively. You can read more about the research programme here.

The research papers can be downloaded below:

Title of study (English): Communicating fact-checks online – Striking the balance between commanding attention and conveying information
Title of study (French): Communiquer en ligne les vérifications de faits – Assurer un équilibre entre attire l’attention et informer

Date of publication: February 2020

Title of study (English): What is the impact of fact checkers’ work on public figures, institutions and the media?
Title of study (French): Quel est l’impact du travail des vérificateurs de faits sur les personnalités publiques, les institutions et les médias ?

Date of publication: February 2020

Title of study (English): Media and information literacy – Lessons from interventions around the world
Title of study (French): Éducation aux médias et à l’information – Leçons tirées des interventions dans le monde entier

Date of publication: February 2020

Title of study (English): Who is most likely to believe and to share misinformation?
Title of study (French): Qui a le plus tendance à croire et à partager de fausses informations

Date of publication: February 2020

Title of study (English): Health misinformation in Africa, Latin America and the UK: impacts and possible solutions
Title of study (French): La désinformation en matière de santé en Afrique, en Amérique latine et au Royaume-Uni: impacts et réponses possibles

Date of publication: May 2020 (Updated, July 2020)

Title of Study (English): Conspiracy briefs
Title of Study (French): Croyances aux complots

Date of publication: October 2020

Title of Study (English): How to communicate uncertainty
Title of Study (French): Comment communiquer sur l’incertitude

Date of publication: October 2020

Title of Study (English): Overview: Main lessons for fact-checkers, gaps and new directions in misinformation research
Title of Study (French): Synthèse finale : Principales leçons pour les vérificateurs de faits, lacunes et nouvelles orientations dans la recherche sur la désinformation

Date of publication: November 2020

Fact checks: Research recommendations and checklist
Articles de fact checking : Recommandations de recherche et liste de verification

Date of publication: November 2020

Title of study: Public engagement with politics, information and news in South Africa

Researcher: Natalie Tannous, Peter Belesiotis, Natalie Tchakarian & Ruth Stewart

Date of publication: November 2019

Country: South Africa

Title of study: Public engagement with politics, information and news in Nigeria

Researcher: Natalie Tannous, Peter Belesiotis, Natalie Tchakarian & Ruth Stewart

Date of publication: November 2019

Country: Nigeria

Health misinformation reports

A quarterly collection of potentially harmful heath claims that circulated on various platforms in Nigeria.

Title of study: Monitoring health misinformation in Nigeria: A collection of potentially harmful claims from Oct to Dec 2019

Research team: Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos led by Dr Theresa Amobi

Date of publication: January 2020

Title of study: Monitoring health misinformation in Nigeria: A collection of potentially harmful claims from Jan to April 2020

Research team: Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos led by Dr Theresa Amobi

Date of publication: May 2020

Title of study: Monitoring health misinformation in Nigeria: A collection of potentially harmful claims from May to July 2020

Research team: Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos led by Dr Theresa Amobi

Date of publication: August 2020