In 2004, LAPOP established the AmericasBarometer as multi-country, regularly conducted survey of democratic values and behaviors in the Americas, organized by a consortium of academic and think-tank partners in the hemisphere. The first round included voting-age respondents from 11 countries. The second round of surveys took place in 2006 and represented 22 countries from the hemisphere. In 2008, 24 countries throughout the Americas were again included, and over 36,000 individuals. In 2010, 26 countries were included with Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname added for the first time, and over 43,000 individuals were surveyed. In 2012, 26 countries were included again, and over 41,000 surveys were carried out. In 2014/15, 28 countries were included and over 50,000 interviews were carried out. The AmericasBarometer is the most expansive regional survey project in the Western Hemisphere.
LAPOP prides itself in employing rigorous methodology, employing carefully designed stratified and clustered national samples, dozens of pretests for each new questionnaire module introduced, the widespread use of handheld computers to collect the data, extensive training of interviewers by LAPOP faculty and staff, and free on-line access to all of our data.
LAPOP also provides extensive training in the protection of the rights of human subjects following all applicable regulations and, as well, support to local firms with respect to safety issues.