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Paradigm for Understanding Social Change

With all the chaos of this current moment in Western society, analysts and experts are often tempted to explain big events with idiosyncratic factors. Indeed, specific factors and events explain how the ‘alt-right’ seized control of the national debate, how the Democratic Party is no longer in charge of most levels of American government and…

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Making the global SDG indicators relevant for local actors: measuring the indirect impact, or “ripple effect” of sustainable development initiatives

Meghann Jones & Kaitlin Love, Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Center, Washington DC In our recent paper on making the SDG indicators relevant to local actors tasked with achieving the SDGs, we discussed how a theory of change approach can be used to link program-level metrics up to national and global indicators. This follow-up digs a…

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Making the global SDG indicators relevant for local actors: how a theory of change can be used to link local and global

by Meghann Jones & Kaitlin Love, Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Center, Washington DC “A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders.” (Global Action Plan for…

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Public Opinion & the Brazil Infrastructure Agenda

In Ipsos’ first annual global poll around infrastructure, Brazilians showed more discontent with their national infrastructure than did citizens of any of the 27 other countries surveyed – and by a significant margin. Despite the widespread level of dissatisfaction (62%), however, only 7% of Brazilians listed infrastructure as a priority, trailing far behind economic issues…

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DACA is About Being a ‘Real American’

This article was originally published on The Hill.  President Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, at first blush, flies in the face of popular will. If widespread criticism was not evidence enough, public opinion polling shows a consistent and increasing supermajority support for the program and similar concepts (The Hill).…

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How technology will change the future lives of Canadians

Ipsos recently completed a study asking Canadians about the next 10 years and their views of close to 50 future scenarios related to the adoption of new technologies, how communities and businesses will manage our shifting demographics, and the role of government, business and individuals in managing the future.

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President Trump Could Use a “Better Way”

This article was originally posted on Huffington Post.   Donald Trump entered office with a relatively weak position according to public opinion. His job approval has rarely gone above 50% and currently sits in the high 30% / low 40% range per the Huffington Post/Pollster average. Over the course of his presidency, Trump has seen…

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Decoding America’s Immigration Sentiment

As published in The Huffington Post, March 13, 2017 Last Monday the White House issued its ‘revised’ refugee ban engineered to pass constitutional muster. This affords yet another flashpoint in the young life of this administration, where pundits and opportunists will draw battle lines between ‘allies’ and ‘opponents’ with all constituents divided into tribes. However,…

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Media manipulating same data to drive different narratives

You can find the original version of this article in The Hill.  We pollsters frequently make claims about the beliefs of “most Americans.” We make these generalizations to help make complicated patterns in data easier to understand. However, in the reporting of our work, we often see these broad simplifications stretched to almost caricature-levels, leading…

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Widespread Pessimism or Glimmers of Hope? US Consumer Confidence After the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 US presidential election can be characterized by widespread discontent with the status quo. Indeed, a supermajority of Americans see the system as broken. And strong majorities across party lines believe that America is on the “wrong track”. However, American consumer confidence has strongly rebounded since the Great Recession (bottomed in 2009), showing especially…

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