Liberia Electoral Access and Participation (LEAP) Survey

USAID/Liberia and the DRG Learning team partnered with Liberia's National Election Committee (NEC) to conduct election related surveys in Liberia that assess the political knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Liberian citizens. Survey results have allowed the NEC and other stakeholders to evaluate and strengthen their civic education programming and better focus future programming in Liberia. The LEAP survey assesses citizens’ knowledge and awareness of electoral processes and institutions, and perceptions of election fairness and irregularities (such as vote buying) in Liberia.

NORC was responsible for finalizing the LEAP questionnaire with USAID, designing and implementing the sample strategy, programming the tablet-based survey, training the Liberian data collection team, and overseeing the survey administration. LEAP was Liberia’s largest and first national tablet-based survey which was administered to 2,000 respondents in all of Liberia’s 15 counties. NORC delivered a clean final data set and survey report which USAID used to analyze the results and provide the National Election Commission (NEC) with actionable data to evaluate and strengthen civic education programming for Liberian least likely to be registered to vote and least likely to vote if registered.

This project employs innovative survey methodology in its successful use of programming and survey administration of a national tablet based household survey in hard to reach remote areas of Liberia, and providing extensive training to local enumerators with no prior experience using tablets for data collection.

The 2014 LEAP survey is the first in a series of national election related surveys to be administered in Liberia. It's focus is on the 2014 Senate elections. Having credible, reliable data from the 2014 survey enabled the NEC to better target its resources for the 2017 Presidential and House elections. This information will be critical for enabling the NEC and partners to adjust interventions for future electoral periods, including the 2018 constitutional referendum, during which there will be a third survey of the same measures of voter participation, access and perceptions, as well as the 2020 and 2023 election cycles. This data will also be relevant for USAID/Liberia's design of the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).