Data usage and access policy

Afrobarometer offers a wide range of data on Africa that you can freely use or download. We are funded from public resources, so our data is a public resource. All data are released via this website and other outlets, along with relevant codebooks. However, to allow initial in-house analysis and publication, we release datasets for public use one year after the completion of fieldwork in the relevant country.

Early access to Round 6 datasets

We welcome applications from graduates or research students based at African institutions and from African students based at overseas institutions for access to full country datasets prior to their general release.

We do not generally grant early access to researchers nor to academics/faculty staff. However, we can consider applications from people directly working with Afrobarometer donors, and/or local organisations/NGOs that would make beneficial use of the data in planning development interventions.

Copyright

Afrobarometer data is protected by copyright. Authors of any published work based on Afrobarometer data or papers are required to acknowledge the source including, where applicable, citations to data sets posted on this website. Please acknowledge the copyright holders in all publications resulting from its use by means of bibliographic citation in this form:

Afrobarometer Data, [Country(ies)], [Round(s)], [Year(s)], available at http://www.afrobarometer.org

We also request users to send/email copies of any publications, papers, or reports that employ Afrobarometer data to Brian Howard, Afrobarometer’s publications manager at bhoward@afrobarometer.org

Submissions welcomed

We encourage data users to submit analytic papers based on Afrobarometer data for possible publication as Afrobarometer working papers/policy papers/dispatches. You should send submissions to the working paper series in MSWord format to Michael Bratton, editor at mbratton@msu.edu. Submissions to the Policy Papers and Dispatches series should be sent to Brian Howard at bhoward@afrobarometer.org

You can gain additional access to Afrobarometer survey data through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at www.icpsr.umich.edu

Weighting

For some national surveys, data are weighted to correct for over or under-sampling or for household size.   “Withinwt” should be turned on for all national –level descriptive statistics in countries that contain this weighting variable.  It is included as the last variable in the data set, with details described in the codebook. For merged data sets, “Combinwt” should be turned on for cross-national comparisons of descriptive statistics.  Note: this weighting variable standardises each national sample as if it were equal in size.

Access to restricted data

African and non-African users alike can also apply for access to restricted data (eg. low-level geographies) of publicly released datasets.

Because we take data security seriously, we only grant access to users who undertake a personal commitment to use our data securely. If you wish to gain early access or access to restricted data, please complete the application for early access/restricted data form

Please email your signed application to the Data Manager Carmen Alpin at c.alpin@uct.ac.za