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Put Data to Work

Successful, evolving programs are informed by data. IRI gathers data through qualitative interviews, observations, and focus groups and through quantitative surveys, public opinion polls, and scorecards and checklists. Our rigorous and innovative approach to monitoring and evaluation provides evidence of program effectiveness and improves future efforts.

This ensures IRI’s accountability to funders and partners as well as to the people in countries where we work. Our Center for Insights in Survey Research provides decision makers, both in countries where we poll and in the countries that enable our work, with sound data and proven analysis to inform public policy and strategy.

Putting Data to Work for Citizens and Governments

The availability of reliable information is vital to a functioning democracy, as it allows for governments and citizens to interact constructively to address problems requiring political solutions. IRI’s quantitative and qualitative research informs politicians, civil society groups and other stakeholders of the currents of public opinion so that they can respond in an effective manner.

Our focus group reports on countering violent extremism in Kosovo and Tunisia have been used to brief policymakers on the dynamics driving vulnerable individuals to join extremist groups so that officials can craft better-informed policies to combat terrorism. Additionally, polls from IRI’s programs around the world—from Georgia to Bangladesh—are used to brief government officials, political parties and civil society groups on the issues of greatest concern to the people, ranging from concerns over ongoing wars to dissatisfaction with the condition of the roads and public services.

In authoritarian and transitioning countries, polling has enabled us to identify the areas of greatest need or opportunities to engage in programming that will help citizens advance democratic norms in their own countries. In Ukraine, IRI conducted a “mega poll” of more than 19,000 residents of 24 cities across the country to determine the progress of anti-corruption reform efforts on the local level. The responses to this survey have helped IRI to craft targeted, proactive programs designed to support anti-corruption efforts more effectively. Click HERE for more information on the mega poll.

Using Data to Fight Corruption

Corruption undermines citizens’ confidence in their government and democracy, especially in newly transitioning countries. Service delivery, public financial management, and infrastructure development involve frequent government-citizen interaction. These areas are also especially ripe for corruption.

In response, IRI works with governments and civil society to educate citizens and public officials on anti-corruption measures. For example, in Indonesia, Mongolia, and Ukraine, among other countries, IRI’s Vulnerabilities to Corruption Approach helped leaders (1) identify potential risks of corruption in governmental processes and (2) guide communities in developing a collaborative plan to address those problems. Learn more about our Vulnerabilities to Corruption Approach HERE.

Evaluation of Programs

Successful, evolving programs are driven by data. IRI gathers qualitative and quantitative data to both inform and monitor our programs. Our rigorous and innovative approach to oversight and evaluation provides evidence of program effectiveness and improves future efforts. This ensures IRI’s accountability to funders and partners as well as to the people in countries where we work.

Over a Decade of Experience

Since 1998, we have carried out polling and survey research programs in some of the world’s most challenging environments – from former Communist bloc countries following the fall of the Soviet Union to Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein. IRI has conducted more than 655 polls and surveyed more than 1.24 million people in 63 countries.

In Cuba, IRI conducted groundbreaking polling from 2007-2013 which provided the first ever thorough analysis of citizen opinions on a range of topics such as access to Internet and cell phone usage, the outlook for Cuba’s economic future and the state of repression of everyday Cubans. In Serbia, our focus groups in 2014 helped the minister of economy to develop a plan to reform the country’s communist-era regulations, which were holding back investment and growth. A list of our polls can be found HERE.

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