Newsletter No 1, February 2016
Blog Launch and Call for Guest Posts
In November 2015, we softly launched our project’s blog with an analysis of the recent elections in Haiti and Venezuela. Our analysis of the run up to the Venezuela election was picked up by other media outlets including Quartz, a New York based digital news outlet, and The Plot, the official blog of the European Political Science Association. We are looking to build on this initial momentum and we are closely monitoring electoral developments in Niger and Haiti. In order to enhance the scope of our project’s analysis, we invite all those affiliated with this project, and those who may wish to be so affiliated, to contribute blog posts on any aspect of electoral violence. If you happen to be closely following an upcoming election that has the potential to become violent, please volunteer to contribute short (between 500-2,000 words) posts for the website. You may email these posts to David Muchlinski, the social media manager for the project. He can be reached at email@example.com
Impact Factor: Evaluating Electoral Violence Prevention Strategies
The project ran two workshops, held on 9 September 2015, and 2 February 2016, with the United States Institute for Peace on evaluating electoral prevention strategies. These workshops brought together both academics and practitioners in the field of electoral violence to discuss two techniques that are commonly applied to prevent electoral violence (PEV): security sector engagement and civic education. Practitioners and election monitoring professionals collaborated to develop shared theories of change that underlie these electoral violence prevention strategies, to examine their utility in future settings in the field, and to develop a common suite of tools for evaluating the effectiveness of electoral violence prevention programing. The workshop built upon a cross-national evaluation of PEV intervention models completed by the United States Institute for Peace, and the research findings of the Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence project.
Launch of the Electoral Violence Affinity Group
On 4 February, the Project on Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence teamed up with Creative Associates International and the Alliance for Peacebuilding to launch a practitioner-based affinity group on electoral violence. The inaugural meeting of this new group in Washington DC brought together representatives of organizations including the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Carter Center, Search for Common Ground, and the United States Agency for International Development. The group seeks to provide a way for practitioners who work in electoral development assistance agencies and other organizations to share resources and lessons learned regarding electoral violence prevention and mitigation. The group’s focus, further, will be global in scope so that electoral violence prevention work in Latin America, for example, can benefit from the best practices and successful approaches in Africa and other regions. We hope that through this affinity group, our project will be able to significantly impact electoral violence prevention programs far into the future.
Cross-National Database of Electoral Violence (CDEV) Expected Release
The project plans to release two linked datasets in the coming months: an election level dataset of 18 different types of electoral violence measured monthly and on election day for all national-level elections held from 1995-2013 will be released in March. Another linked dataset will cover electoral violence prevention activities carried out by seven international electoral assistance organizations and be released in April. The later dataset will cover all national-level elections held globally between 1995 and 2015. These datasets will be publically available and posted to the project’s website.
For further information on the Project on Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence, please see electoralviolenceproject.com or contact Sarah Birch at firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for this newsletter, please enter your contact information on the website’s main page.