About the Election Forensics Toolkit

Current efforts to promote the integrity of elections around the world are multi-pronged. They include promoting the development and capacity of independent election agencies, ballot reform, and on-the-ground monitoring of elections by domestic and foreign observers. Social scientists have been adding to this effort by developing tools and techniques designed to detect the presence of fraud or malfeasance in an election and to estimate its magnitude. Supported by a Research and Innovation Grant from USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, this project seeks to harness these efforts to create innovative resources for policymakers, practitioners, and scholars who study and evaluate election outcomes, enabling them to evaluate better the integrity of election returns. One of the primary products is an Election Results Evaluation Tool, a sophisticated data-based instrument for reporting quantitative election forensic results with a user-friendly interface that complements existing international efforts at monitoring electoral integrity.

Cite Election Forensics Toolkit, please reference:
Walter R. Mebane, Jr. and Kirill Kalinin. “Guide to Election Forensics Toolkit”, 2016 Allen Hicken, Walter R. Mebane, Jr. “A Guide to Election Forensics”, 2015

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Project Team

Walter Mebane (Principal Investigator)

Allen Hicken (Principal Investigator)

David Backer (Researcher)

Ken Kollman (Researcher)

Lauren Guggenheim (Project Manager)

Kirill Kalinin (Research Associate)

Jonathan Wall (Research Assistant)

Other Contributers

David Howell

Najla August

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