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Collaborative Research Projects

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The Comparative Agendas Project collects and organizes data from archived sources to track policy outcomes across countries.

The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) is directed by Zachary Elkins (University of Texas) and Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago).  The project produces comprehensive data about the world’s constitutions in order to understand the origins and consequences of constitutional choices, and to assist those revising constitutions. Since the project’s launch in 2005, the CCP has collected and analyzed thousands of constitutional texts, and produced a series of datasets that the researchers update continually.   In 2013, CCP partnered with Google Ideas (now Jigsaw) to create Constitute, a website that contains a richly indexed set of texts for nearly every national constitution in the world.

Since January 2013, Innovations for Peace and Development has provided a space for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on global conflict and peacebuilding, foreign aid, and  poverty alleviation at the University of Texas at Austin. IPD democratizes engagement in academic research and policy work for students at all stages of their university education, with particular emphasis on the recruitment and training of women and underrepresented groups. IPD students learn valuable skills, ranging from geographic information system (GIS) mapping to randomized experimental methods, as they work on collaborative research teams and manage their own projects.

Texas schools and universities invest millions of dollars each year in state-mandated instruction on the workings of Texas government. But most Texans remain uninterested in or, worse, unfamiliar with how their government works. Elections and extraordinary news events may spark brief public interest. But Texans' engagement with their government, like voter turnout in Texas, remains stagnant. The Texas Politics project seeks to confronts these problems.

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