Zimbabwe’s Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) heads a list of eight African organizations honoured this week for outstanding contributions to the pan-African research network Afrobarometer.
MPOI received Afrobarometer’s first-ever Star Award for best overall performance among the network’s three dozen national partners during Round 7 surveys. MPOI, which conducted two 2018 pre-election surveys in addition to its 2017 Afrobarometer survey, was cited for its exceptional productivity, efficiency, competence, and collaborative spirit.
Afrobarometer, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, is a non-partisan survey research project that measures public attitudes and perceptions on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in Africa. In its seventh round of national surveys in 2016-2018, the network overcame funding challenges to complete surveys in 34 countries while successfully transitioning from paper-based to electronic data collection.
Awards were presented May 27 during Afrobarometer’s planning meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, with researchers from across the continent who will conduct its next round of surveys in 2019-2020. Other awards include:
Best Conversation Starter Award: The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDDGhana), for outstanding achievements in promoting visibility and use of survey findings.
Best Stakeholder Engagement Award: South Africa’s Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), for its successful efforts to promote stakeholder engagement and data use.
Best Face Forward Award: One to One Research and Polling of Tunisia, for its exemplary outreach and communications efforts.
Best Publications Award: Togo’s Center for Research and Opinion Polls (CROP), for its diverse, timely, and high-quality publications.
Best Newcomer Award: The Gambia’s Centre for Policy, Research and Strategic Studies (CepRass) as the top-performing new member of the network.
Extra Mile Award: Advision Lesotho, for its extraordinary efforts to ensure the success of its Round 7 survey.
On Time Award: The Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi, for its timeliness in executing all aspects of the survey.