Imagine you want to promote respect for a specific human right, such as the right to clean water or to a fair trial. You'd want to know what the public thinks about the topic and how much it trusts you, your work and your funders. You'd also want to learn which segments of the population would be most willing to support your efforts, and which might be more skeptical. Once you do your public advocacy work, moreover, you'd want to learn whether your efforts had had any impact. Who has listened to your message and been persuaded? Who hasn't, and why?


The OpenGlobalRights Human Rights Perception Polls (HRPPs) are a battery of questions about the public's attitudes towards human rights principles, policies, and actors. They also include a wide variety of socio-demographic, religious, and attitudinal questions to help you analyze these data with greater nuance and understanding. The HRPPs help us identify the characteristics of human rights supporters and skeptics; understand the publics’ interpretation of the phrase, “human rights”; and assess public views of foreign and local funding for domestic NGOs.


The Nuts & Bolts

  • We begin each project with a core battery of rights-related questions, to which we add custom-designed items based on individual project requirements. 
  • We design and implement each project in consultation with funders and partners, carefully choose a local survey firm, and work on-site with survey implementors to ensure the highest quality translations, sampling, implementation, and data capture.
  • We supervise enumerator training and survey pilots in person, carefully review all sampling decisions, and keep tight watch over all stages of the data-collection process.
  • We typically interview respondents face-to-face, unless internet penetration is very high.  
  • We analyze the data, using sophisticated statistical techniques.
  • We write comprehensive reports in practitioner-friendly formats. 


Where We've Worked

As of fall 2017, we will have fielded customized versions of the Human Rights Perception Poll in Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, and India. We do our Latin America national surveys in partnership with the Americas and the World consortium based at CIDE in Mexico City, and these have also inserted some of our human rights questions into their national surveys in Colombia and Ecuador.


Explore Findings from Surveys Completed in the Following Countries: