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Pilot Projects

A diverse group of political scientists is developing pilot projects – active citation compilations (ACC), data collections (DC), topic clusters (TC) and pedagogical data collections (PDC) – to share via QDR. These scholars hail from all ranks and subfields of the discipline and work at institutions across the United States. While all the pilot projects are based on rigorous empirical work, their content is as varied as the scholars who are producing them.

Sharing these pilot projects via QDR advances two critical goals. The lack of a qualitative data sharing tradition in the United States means that scholars at large are unsure what procedures and products are implied by evolving norms of data sharing and research transparency. The pilots demonstrate, at a general level, what sharing qualitative data entails, what types of data can be shared, and in what formats.

Further, the pilots illustrate how sharing qualitative data—with careful attention to any human subjects and copyright concerns that may attend those data—can facilitate secondary analysis; allow qualitative scholarship to be more easily evaluated (and, where relevant, replicated); and enhance teaching.

The table below offers some basic information for each pilot project. Clicking on the “Title of Project” takes users to a brief description summarizing the research project underlying the pilot (where applicable) and describing the data and their availability.  For pilot projects that are complete, the project description includes a link to the project.  We anticipate that all data, metadata, and documentation for these pilots – and others that are currently being evaluated for inclusion in QDR – will be posted in early 2016.




PDC Jeb Barnes and Nicholas Weller Finding Pathways: Mixed Methods Research for Studying Causal Mechanisms


Taylor Boas

Presidential Campaign Advertising in Chile, Brazil, and Peru


Tomás Bril and Alison Post

Consumer Subsidies in Post-Crisis Argentina


Timothy Crawford

Pivotal Deterrence and the Chain Gang: Sir Edward Grey’s Ambiguous Policy and the July Crisis, 1914 (Chapter 4 in Pivotal Deterrence:  Third Party-Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace)


Thad Dunning and Edwin Camp

Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism: The Puzzle of Distributive Politics


Zachary Elkins

Constitute: Constitutional Text for Scholars and Drafters


Rachel Ellett

Democratic and Judicial Stagnation (Chapter 6 in Pathways to Judicial Power in Transitional States: Perspectives from African Courts)


Tanisha Fazal

Interstate War Initiation and Termination (I-WIT) data set


Samuel Handlin

The Politics of Polarization: Governance and Party System Change in Latin America, 1990-2010


Veronica Herrera

Does Commercialization Undermine the Benefits of Decentralization for Local Services Provision? Evidence from Mexico’s Urban Water and Sanitation Sector (World Development)


Diana Kapiszewski

The Argentine Supreme Court in Press, 1995-1999


Scott Mainwaring and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán

Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Political Actors, 1944-2010


Benjamin Read

Power Relations at the Alley Level  (Chapter 4 in Roots of the State: Neighborhood Organization and Social Networks in Beijing and Taipei)


Jessica Rich

Grassroots Bureaucracy: Intergovernmental Relations and Popular Mobilization in Brazil’s AIDS Policy Sector (Latin American Politics and Society)


Sally Roever

Negotiating Formality: Informal Sector, Market, and State in Peru


Elizabeth Saunders

John F. Kennedy (Chapter 4 in Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions


Aaron Schneider

New Orleans Satellite Government


Druscilla Scribner

Constitutionalizing Gender: Implications for Policy in Argentina and Chile


Jack Snyder

Russia: The Politics and Psychology of Overcommitment (Chapter 7 in The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914)


Hillel Soifer

Elite Preferences, Administrative Institutions, and Educational Development during Peru’s Aristocratic Republic (1895-1919) (In Centeno and Ferraro, eds., State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain)

ACC Lisa Wedeen

Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria