Development of an Election Forensics Toolkit: Using Subnational Data to Detect Anomalies

Current efforts to promote the integrity of elections around the world are multi-pronged. They include promoting the development and capacity of independent election agencies, ballot reform, and on-the-ground monitoring of elections by domestic and foreign observers. Social scientists have been adding to this effort by developing tools and techniques designed to detect the presence of fraud or malfeasance in an election, and estimate its magnitude.

This proposed project will harness these social scientific efforts to create innovative resources for policymakers, practitioners, and scholars who study and evaluate election outcomes to understand better the integrity of election returns.

CPS Blog article


Project Website

Allen Hicken, Center for Political Studies (PI)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Institute of International Education (IIE)

Project Period
September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015