November 15, 2011: Presentation at Kellogg Institute. Staffan Lindberg, John Gerring, and Michael Coppedge presented "Varieties of Democracy: A Report on the Pilot Study" at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
November 7, 2011: Presentations in Washington. John Gerring and Michael Coppedge gave pilot study progress reports at George Washington University and at the headquarters of the US Agency for International Development.
October 14, 2011: Coding resumes. Pilot study coding, which paused in mid-August to permit a website upgrade and cleaning and analysis of preliminary data, is resuming starting October 14.
October 1, 2011: Norwegian grant. The Research Council of Norway has awarded a grant to Håvard Hegre of the University of Oslo for the project, "Conceptualization and Measurement of Democracy." This grant includes funds for democracy coders that has been subcontracted to the Varieties of Democracy project to extend the sample to 17 additional countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, South Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, Lebanon, Nigeria, India, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. Jan Teorell and Michael Coppedge are listed as collaborators on the Norwegian grant, and the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame is an institutional partner with the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo for this subcontract.
September 30, 2011: Gothenburg Conference. Most of the Principal Investigators, Project Managers, and research assistants participated in the daylong "Varieties of Democracy End-of-Pilot-Phase Conference" at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, with generous support from the Riksbankens Jublileumsfond. In attendance were representatives of the Swedish, Canadian, Finnish, Dutch, and Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs; the United Nations Democracy Fund; the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; the Department for International Development (UK); the Riksbankens Jublileumsfond; the Universities of Gothenburg and Oslo; International IDEA; the ICLD Centre for Knowledge; EuropeAID; and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
A grant from the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond made this possible. Total: $42,500. PIs: Staffan I. Lindberg, Jan Teorell. Activities: End-of-Pilot-Phase Conference at the University of Gothenburg, 30 September - 1 October 2011.
August 15, 2011: New logo. We have a new logo for our project.
August 6, 2011: Halle Institute support. The Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University has provided support for the production of indicators of judicial independence.
May 29, 2011: Launched! The first invitations to country experts were sent out at the end of May and the website went live to the world on May 29, 2011.
Data collection for the pilot study has begun.
April 2011: Additional funding for website. Michael Coppedge has been awarded small grants from Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Center for Creative Computing, and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts to make the site more user-friendly and to help create graphical user interfaces to explore the Varieties of Democracy data.
January 2011: Pilot study. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden. Total: $235,000. PI: Staffan I. Lindberg. Activities: V-Dem pilot study with data collection in 12 countries including Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Albania, Japan, Burma, South Africa, Ghana, Suriname, and Mexico; website construction, computer programming. 2011-12.
The pilot phase is supported by the Foreign Ministry of Sweden and the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Data collection for the pilot phase was concluded in September 2011.