Recent Institutional Partners
LAPOP functions as a consortium, working in partnership with numerous academic and non-governmental institutions across the Americas. It collaborates with these institutions, sharing ideas for survey content and working together to disseminate the results of the public opinion surveys to the citizens of participating countries. This dissemination of results takes the form of systematic country reports, comparative studies, panel presentations, and media interviews.
Note: Reports based on the survey data are the intellectual property of the report authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of partners.
Institutional descriptions are taken from our partner websites and, in some cases, have been translated from Spanish.
LAPOP's work is made possible through its partnership with the following institutions:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Its work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID provides assistance in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean, and; Europe and Eurasia. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. It works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. As the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, IDB is committed to achieving measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. IDB desires to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP works with about 170 countries on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and UNDP's wide range of partners. The UNDP has offices in 24 countries and supports 44 country programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Playing a neutral role but, nevertheless committed to the well-being of the people it serves, UNDP offers policy advice on sensitive socio-economic and political development issues, pulls in expertise and experience from different countries within the region and around the world, and supports governments in planning and managing development programmes.
Vanderbilt University is an internationally recognized research university in Nashville, Tennessee. The university comprises 10 schools, a public policy center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The university is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top 20 universities by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, with several programs and disciplines ranking in the top 10. Cutting-edge research and liberal arts, combined with strong ties to a distinguished medical center, creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting our health, culture and society.
Other Recent Institutional Partners
Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales de Guatemala (ASIES) is a private, non-profit think tank. It emerged in 1979, was founded in 1982 and acquired its legal status in 1988. ASIES is made up of people inspired by principles of respect for human dignity and social participation, and interested in reflection, analysis and investigation of the national reality. ASIES strives to be a national forum for reflection, discussion and proposal of socio-political, economic, environmental and cultural phenomena through public activities and citizen advocacy.
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy. CIMA is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world. CIMA focuses on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. Together, they encompass efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the media sector.
Centro de Información y Recursos para el Desarrollo (CIRD) is a Paraguayan non-profit organization founded in 1988 aimed at supporting non-governmental other civil society organizations (neighborhood commissions, NGOs, civic associations, companies, foundations, etc.) dedicated to social and economic development. The CIRD has achieved a high level of effectiveness in the implementation of its programs through the combination of three elements: accurate and timely information, specialized human resources, and agile and transparent project management capacity. In addition, the CIRD has managed various projects that support public institutions (such as the Legislative Branch, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Public Health and Social Welfare, Education and Worship, various Municipalities and Governorates). These projects concentrate their efforts on encouraging the participation of civil society in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies in order to promote a positive and sustained change in the country.
El Centro de Estudios Sociales y Demográficos (CESDEM) is a private non-profit institution dedicated to providing research, consulting and evaluation services, as well as to the dissemination of knowledge in the different areas of social and population development.
CIFRA / González, Raga & Asociados is a Uruguayan consultant firm with extensive experience in the national and international market. CIFRA works from its headquarters in Montevideo, Uruguay, conducting research in most Latin American countries. CIFRA’s main objective is that its clients can make decisions with quality information: precise, reliable data, pertinent to their needs and possibilities and with the necessary clarity for their concrete and operative application.
Ciudadanía is a non-profit private civil association dedicated to the production of socially relevant knowledge, dialogue and public action to facilitate, promote and influence social processes aimed at improving—through the exercise of citizenship—the quality of life of Bolivians and Bolivian sectors that suffer some kind of exclusion.
- Observatorio de la Cultura Política en Bolivia is an effort of Ciudadanía, Comunidad de Estudios Sociales y Acción Pública, to generate a space for studying the values, attitudes and perceptions that Bolivians have in relation to their democracy and their political participation. The observatory develops research on the political culture of Bolivians mainly through surveys applied according to scientific quality standards. The observatory also seeks to disseminate the use of quantitative approaches in the social sciences in Bolivia, particularly in the area of political culture.
Dartmouth College is a private research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Dartmouth has more than 50 research-focused centers, institutes, and groups in areas ranging from medicine and the arts to engineering and business. Dartmouth’s researchers across four schools—Arts & Sciences, Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business—are leaders and innovators in the pursuit of discovery and expansion of human knowledge.
Data Opinión Pública y Mercados (DATA-OPM) is a Mexican firm founded in 2003 that is dedicated to public opinion and marketing research. Its mission is to provide market and public opinion research that includes useful information to develop sales and marketing strategies, public policies, campaign management, and special projects, always having as a priority the validity and reliability of our instruments. From its headquarters in Mexico City, DATA-OPM has the capacity to coordinate projects with its strategic allies outside the country. DATA-OPM’s experience includes projects in several Latin American countries.
Development Policy and Management Consultants (DPMC), Guyana is one of the newest and enterprisingly multi-disciplinary development consulting firms in Guyana. It is a wholly independent organization with a wide collaborative reach. Development Policy and Management Consultants are based in Guyana, but the principles of the firm have substantial experience in the Caribbean and Central America.
The Environics Institute for Survey Research was established by Michael Adams in 2006 to promote relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change. It is through such research that organizations and individuals can better understand Canada today, how it has been changing, and where it may be heading. The focus of the Institute’s mandate is to survey individuals and groups not usually heard from, asking questions not normally asked. Integral to the Institute’s approach is: a) early consultation and engagement with populations to be surveyed to ensure a respectful approach in how the research is conducted; and b) broad dissemination of research findings to stimulate constructive discourse and informed responses to the research findings. The Institute seeks to collaborate with other organizations that share its broad objectives and want to play a substantive role in specific research initiatives (as advisors, study partners, funders, and media partners).
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLASCO) was established in 1974 through an agreement between the Ecuadorian State and the FLACSO international system. The institution is part of the Ecuadorian university system and was recognized by the Higher Education Law in the year 2000. FLACSO Ecuador produces and disseminates knowledge in the social sciences and humanities through critical and creative teaching and research. Its principles are pluralism and academic autonomy, with the aim of contributing to the development of diverse Latin American and Andean schools of thought, as well as promoting justice, equality and social inclusion.
Federacion de Organizaciones No Gubernamentales para el Desarrollo de Honduras (FOPRIDEH) is a Federation that represents and contributes to the strengthening of its legally established organizations in Honduras. FOPRIDEH strengthens and represents its affiliates that contribute to the most vulnerable sectors of society and those that promote spaces of dialogue within different sectors of society in Honduras.
Florida International University (FIU) is an American metropolitan public research university in Greater Miami, Florida, United States. Designated as a top-tier research institution, FIU emphasizes research as a major component in the university's mission.
Fundación Dr. Guillermo Manuel Ungo (Fundaungo) is a center of thought dedicated to the generation of knowledge and the strengthening of the capacities of social and political actors for the promotion of development and democratic governance in El Salvador and Central America. The activities carried out seek to improve the quality of life of the population within a framework of participation and expansion of economic, social and political opportunities. In Fundaungo, studies and academic research are developed; non-formal theoretical-practical training or education services are provided; Technical assistance and advice is provided in the field of public policies, generating spaces for reflection and advocacy on issues of local, national and regional interest. It was created on January 8, 1992 as a private non-profit organization.
Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) is a research center in Social Sciences characterized by independent, plural and interdisciplinary study on Peru and Latin America. The IEP’s research and dissemination activities of social studies on Peru and other countries of the Latin American region seek to contribute to economic development with equity, to the strengthening of democratic institutions and to the recognition of the richness of cultural diversity. The institute is committed to a broad view of the country's social problems, which includes historical, economic, social, political and cultural aspects, with the aim of achieving a more precise understanding of the national reality. The research aims to identify the factors that hinder the sustainable development of Peruvian society and propose mechanisms to overcome it.
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) is a private, secular, non-profit Mexican institution of higher education. Its mission is to contribute to the individual’s comprehensive education and to develop a freer, more just, and prosperous society. In order to achieve its research, teaching, and outgrowth endeavors, ITAM aims to reach the highest levels of academic excellence in an environment promoting the plurality of ideas and respectful of ethnic, cultural, and religious differences.
Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) is a Dominican non-profit, public service institution of private higher education founded in 1972 by a group of academics committed to the social transformation of the country and the continuous promotion of the quality of the life of its inhabitants. It is characterized by the innovation and complementarity of its academic offerings in the areas of Engineering, Business, Health Sciences, Basic and Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities. Today, INTEC is a university community of 5,200 students and close to 25,000 graduates who believe in the transformative power of knowledge and is committed to providing solutions that ensure a better future for Dominican society and the world.
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,200 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has evolved into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. The Open Society Foundations, which began in 1979, remain today committed to the global struggle for open society and responding quickly to the challenges and opportunities of the future. The Open Society Foundations fund a range of programs around the world, from public health to education to business development.
Instituto de Ciencia Política de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile was founded in 1969 with the purpose of developing the scientific study of the structures, processes and political contents that were developed in Chile and the world. In this way, the University took the step of creating the first academic unit dedicated specifically to the study of Political Science in the country, recognizing the autonomy, independence and the growing importance of the discipline for the scientific analysis of political processes and international relationships. The Institute carries out research and extension activities that have been widely disseminated in academic circles and in the field of public opinion.
Since the creation of Estado de la Nación in 1994, now called the Programa Estado de la Nación , has made important efforts to promote and deepen the study and discussion on sustainable human development in Costa Rica. The preparation of the annual reports on the State of the Nation has been the basis for achieving that purpose. Through the combination of research processes and consultation with representatives of various social sectors, networks of relationships have been articulated that have favored the relevance and legitimacy of the analyzes, as well as links that facilitate the dissemination and access to information obtained through them.
Universidad de los Andes-Departmento de Ciencia Política , created in 1968, was a pioneer in this discipline in Colombia. Since its inception, it has built a program linked to the tendencies of the discipline at an international level, with a team of professors from Colombia and abroad. Until the nineties, it was the only department in the country that offered an undergraduate program in the discipline. During its more than forty years of existence, the Department acquired a solid recognition in the academic field thanks to the dedication and prestige of the intellectual work of its founders and colleagues who were linked to the initial team.
Observatorio de la Democracia is the academic center for research and analysis of public opinion and political and social behavior within the Political Science Department of the Universidad de los Andes. For more than a decade, it has been commissioned to carry out the main public opinion study of the Americas in Colombia: the AmericasBarometer. Through this rigorous study of public opinion in Colombia, Observatorio de la Democracia interprets and analyzes the opinions, beliefs, attitudes and perceptions of Colombians and informs the government, authorities, academia, and the population in general in order to contribute to the dialogue on public policies, initiatives, actions, and debates on key issues for the development of the country.
The Universidad Católica Andrés Bello is a non-profit institution with the intention of promoting the development of the country. It puts at the disposal of other organizations the best technological advances of the academy. It relies on the most recent advances in research, several years of experience with dozens of institutions and a wide network of national and international experts in different areas of knowledge.
The Department of Social and Political Science at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay is a thriving initiative recently launched by the University in order to achieve excellence in teaching and research in the Social Sciences. It has a growing team of faculty members with doctoral degrees from United States, Europe and the most prestigious universities in Latin America. Our researchers specialize in different topics, such as public goods and service provision in developing countries, labor market institutions, international political economy, social policy and inequality, political behavior and public opinion, and research methods for policy analysis.
The Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) is an institution of higher education recognized throughout Latin America. It is a champion of humanistic education, where generations of professionals with social commitment have been trained. The efforts of the University of Costa Rica are aimed at promoting the advancement of knowledge in its maximum expression and responding, effectively, to the needs generated by the integral development of society; offering excellence in the training of professionals who, in turn, act as diffusers and agents of change.
- Centro Centroamericano de Población (CCP) is a research center of the Universidad de Costa Rica. It has a multidisciplinary action area in the research, training and dissemination of information in population with a Central American scope. CCP was established as a regional center of excellence for study and training in population in Latin America with contributions from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Wellcome Trust foundations.
Universidad Torcuato de Tella is a non-profit institution, founded in 1991, with the purpose of contributing substantially to academic life and education in Argentina. Today, the University is dedicated to basic and applied research in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the arts and sciences.The quality of a country's institutions determines its political, economic and social functioning to a high degree. The objective of the Torcuato Di Tella University is to train the new generations of business, academic, political and social leaders who will be responsible for the future performance of the institutions.
Located in the Southeastern Region, the most industrialized in Brazil, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), a free public higher education institution, is the oldest university in the state of Minas Gerais. Its foundation occurred on September 7, 1927 under the name University of Minas Gerais (UMG). Almost a century after, the institution is regional and national leader in teaching and research in diverse subject areas.
As North America’s first French-language university, Université Laval draws strength from its history and vitality. Université Laval contributes to the development of society by educating qualified and responsible individuals who become agents of change and by seeking and sharing knowledge in a stimulating environment of research and creation. Located in Québec City and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Université Laval boasts a tradition of excellence in its academic programs and major breakthroughs in its research activities.
The University of Tennessee is the state’s land-grant, higher education institution and flagship public university. It is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. The UT System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of its education, research, and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations and citizens statewide. Research is a critical part of the University’s mission as a land-grant institution. UT faculty and students system-wide are involved in research, adding to the body of knowledge in academic disciplines and providing solutions to everyday problems.
The University of the West Indies’ mission is to unlock West Indian potential for economic and cultural growth by high quality teaching and research aimed at meeting critical regional needs, by providing West Indian society with an active intellectual center, and by linking the West Indian community with distinguished centers of research and teaching in the Caribbean and overseas. UWI recognizes that as a regional university supported by the West Indian peoples, and as the sole local organ equipped to meet local requirements and to relate its own developmental programmes to them, it should give priority to regional needs.
Partners at Vanderbilt
The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt integrates research, teaching, and outreach and provides faculty importance and theoretical relevance: multidimensional approaches to poverty (health, education, economic development), political participation (democratic values, social movements), and subaltern histories and representations (Americans, indigenous peoples). CLAS has a remarkable concentration of Latin Americanists, with special strengths in Brazil, Central America, the Andes, and the Black Atlantic.
The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions was established in 2009 to support and disseminate systematic theoretical and empirical research on questions central to the health and survival of democractic institutions in the United States and abroad. The center's current research activities focus on legislative politics and policymaking, executive politics and regulatory policymaking, elections and electoral rules, and media and democractic systems of government.
The Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt is a diverse group of active scholars dedicated to intellectual discovery and teaching excellence. Our faculty expertise spans American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Political Methodology. We are home to many research centers and programs, including the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the Global Feminisms Collaborative, the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and the Research on Individuals, Politics & Society Lab.
The mission of the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt is to intentionally foster institutional equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness and providing strategies and tools to bring to life the vision of inclusive excellence, both on our campus and in our city.
The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) supports and advances the University's mission through leadership and expertise ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. SPA serves as a central resource providing guidance and stewardship by supporting the entire research community at Vanderbilt University. SPA processes proposals and negotiates grants, contracts and other agreements.
Research on Individuals, Politics & Society Lab (RIPS) is the experimental research program in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Our goal is to advance empirical research in political behavior while also enriching the learning environment for the faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) are a centerpiece of the Academic Strategic Plan at Vanderbilt University. The program is designed to serve as a catalyst to support new ideas, cutting-edge research and the development of infrastructure by supporting emerging and existing trans-institutional centers and institutes. The awards are meant to support organizations that facilitate research and teaching collaborations across disciplines, aim to address topics of critical academic and societal interest, embrace discovery and spark learning to position Vanderbilt as a world leader in a given area.