Asia Foundation Unveils Data Site “Visualizing Afghanistan” for 2011 Survey of the Afghan People

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Six years of survey data available to the public

For the first time, users can download and analyze data for six of The Asia Foundation’s most recent annual surveys in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2011(http://afghansurvey.asiafoundation.org/)

“We created 'Visualizing Afghanistan' to interactively share with a global audience the broad views of the Afghan people on issues relevant to peace, security, and development,” explains John Karr, Director for Digital Media at The Asia Foundation.

To accompany the broadest and most comprehensive public opinion poll of Afghan citizens, "Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People," The Asia Foundation launched an interactive mapping platform and data visualization site, "Visualizing Afghanistan." Through "Visualizing Afghanistan," the Foundation is making its Afghan survey data available and downloadable to researchers and the public to use and republish, with citation.

For the first time, users can download and analyze data for six of the Foundation’s most recent annual surveys in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2011. Users can also explore key survey questions, map responses by region, compare national or regional totals on a year-by-year basis, or expand supplementary data in a variety of ways.

“We created 'Visualizing Afghanistan' to interactively share with a global audience the broad views of the Afghan people on issues relevant to peace, security, and development,” explains John Karr, Director for Digital Media at The Asia Foundation and lead developer for "Visualizing Afghanistan." “We hope to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to our survey work in Afghanistan – in ways that can benefit the development community, policy-makers, researchers, and the general public.”

"Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People" is the broadest and most comprehensive public opinion poll conducted in the country. In-person interviews took place between July 2 and August 1, 2011, in all 34 provinces. The survey was made possible through the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Download the survey report at http://asiafoundation.org/ag2011poll.

Designed as a barometer of Afghan public opinion to inform national leaders, scholars, donors, and policy-makers, the survey report explores the Afghan perspective on national mood, security, reconciliation and reintegration, economy, development and service delivery, governance, corruption, political participation, justice systems, women in society, and access to information.

The survey’s key findings, frequently asked questions, slideshow, and other multimedia are also available on our website. Interact with us on Facebook or follow @Asia_Foundation on Twitter.

ABOUT THE ASIA FOUNDATION IN AFGHANISTAN
The Asia Foundation began operating in Afghanistan in 1954 and re-opened its Kabul office in 2002. Since then, the Foundation has assisted Afghan efforts to rebuild the country and accelerate development. Programs focus on governance, law, and civil society, including support for the development of a new constitution and national voter registration, civic education, and government-media relations. The Foundation provides long-term support and technical assistance to key governmental institutions responsible for the executive branch, parliamentary affairs, agriculture, and sub-national government. Other programs focus on women’s empowerment and education.

ABOUT THE ASIA FOUNDATION
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports Asian initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; the environment; and regional cooperation. Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

With 18 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, DC, and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $98 million in program support and distributed nearly one million books and journals valued at over $42 million.

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