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The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is no longer in operation. This website documents FOCAL's activities and accomplishments throughout its existence. Thank you for your interest in the work of FOCAL.
|Governance, Development and Public Opinion: A View of the Hemisphere|
The project Governance, Development and Public Opinion: A View of the Hemisphere aimed to improve public policy in the hemisphere by increasing understanding of the interrelation between governance and development among policy-makers, government bodies, experts and civil society in Latin America and Canada.
It led to the creation of an online mapping tool that allows users to perform basic queries in order to visualize relationships between public opinion on governance and development indicators.
FOCAL collaborated with Latinobarómetro, a public opinion polling organization based in Santiago, Chile, that researches the development of democracy, economies, and societies in Latin America, using indicators of opinion, attitudes, behaviour and values. They conduct an annual public opinion survey that involves 19,000 interviews in 18 Latin American countries, representing more than 400 million inhabitants. Latinobarómetro supplied FOCAL with public opinion polling data from eight countries in Latin America for the purpose of building the maps.
FOCAL also worked with a group of students from the Marketing and Business Intelligence Research Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada who worked with the project team on data preparation and analysis.
Students from the Marketing and Business Intelligence Research Program at Algonquin College are preparing two short case studies on Bolivia and Venezuela after working with both the public opinion and development data. The case studies document the analysis of the datasets examining correlations between public opinion and development indicators in these two countries.
Tandy Shephard, Project Manager, Governance, Development and Public Opinion: A View of the Hemisphere
Lesley Burns, Project Manager, Governance and Civil Society