Thursday, October 21, 2010

Data Browser Shows Views In Pakistan's Tribal Regions

This morning the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation released, opening data from 1,000 face-to-face interviews across 120 villages in Pakistan's northwest Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The site is designed to let users quickly drill down and thin slice survey data and read agency-specific analysis from regional experts. This is the first comprehensive public opinion survey done in the region, and it is mashed with a mapping of 142 reported drone strikes in FATA through July 2010 to add additional context.

The architecture focuses on showing disaggregates for each of the seven agencies in FATA and breakouts for each survey question, allowing you to compare specific opinions across different agencies. Every response on both agency and question pages can be filtered by demographic data, gender, age, education, marital status, and income level.


The original survey was conducted from June 30 to July 20, 2010 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The full methodology is available on There you can also find details about how the drone strike data was gathered.

The site was launched this morning at the the United States Institute of Peace by Peter Bergen, the co-director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative at New America Foundation, the team that lead the survey work.

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