GDA Snap Poll

About AidData

Who is conducting this snap poll?

AidData is an independent research and innovation lab at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (USA). AidData produces policy-relevant, innovative, and methodologically sophisticated social science research that speaks to contemporary international problems and issues. AidData and its umbrella organization, The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), have an established track record of administering high-quality, cross-national surveys. You can find more information about AidData at and more information about ITPIR at

AidData’s research activities are funded by the College of William and Mary and a variety of external sponsors, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, USAID, the John Templeton Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Humanity United.


What is the purpose of this project?

The purpose of this research project is to learn how governance data producers can more effectively support decision-makers in 126 low- and middle-income countries. This study is not an evaluation of any past or present governance assessments, development programs, or projects.


Who is sponsoring this project?

The Governance Data Alliance is sponsoring this project. The Alliance’s secretariat is currently hosted by the Results for Development Institute, and the Alliance’s work is supported by Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. You can find more information about the Governance Data Alliance at


About the Snap Poll

Why did you select me to participate in this snap poll?

You have been selected to participate in this study because you indicated familiarity with governance assessments when you took our 2014 Reform Efforts Survey. Your participation is essential to ensure that our survey results accurately represent the diverse experiences and viewpoints of important stakeholders in your country.


How did you find my email?

We identified the contact information of potential survey respondents using publicly available resources, such as organizational websites and directories, international conference records, Who’s Who International, and public profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


Who is administering this survey?

This survey is being implemented and hosted by AidData and The Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations (ITPIR) at the College of William and Mary.


Who will use the data collected in this survey?

Independent analysis of survey results will be conducted and published by researchers from the College of William and Mary. Our analysis of the survey results will also be shared with survey participants and the Governance Data Alliance.


Who will be able to see my responses?

All of your responses to this survey will be kept strictly confidential. The survey findings will only be used in a statistical summary and will never be associated with your name. Only members of the research team at The College of William and Mary will be able to identify your individual responses at any point in the data collection, cleaning, analysis, or publication process.


In the event that members of our research team at the College of William and Mary engage in collaborative research activities with a third party, individual survey response data will be shared only as needed. All name, email, organization, and other personally-identifiable information will be removed.


How will this impact development in my country?

Independent researchers will use the results from the survey to undertake analysis of how governance data producers can more effectively support decision-makers in 126 low- and middle-income countries. This study is not an evaluation of any past or present governance assessments, development programs, or projects.

The results from this survey will be shared with key decision-makers and stakeholders in your country. We also intend to share our research findings with a wide range of donor agencies and international organizations that work in your country.


Do you offer a printable or paper copy of the survey questionnaire?

Participants in this study are a diverse group of carefully selected individuals representing 126 countries, 24 professional specializations, and 5 stakeholder groups, including host country governments, development partners, civil society, the private sector, and independent country experts. Given the diversity of our survey recipients’ professional experiences, the survey requires the use of an active and responsive online questionnaire. A traditional paper questionnaire is unable to meet our most basic programming needs. For this reason, we can provide only an online questionnaire, and we encourage you to complete the survey via the link provided in the email you received. Further questions about questionnaire access or technical difficulties can be addressed to


Can I use my smartphone?

This survey is formatted for use on a large screen. For this reason, we recommend that you do not use a smartphone or other handheld mobile device. While it is possible to complete the survey on a small screen, we believe your experience will be more enjoyable on a computer or full size tablet (e.g., a regular iPad).