The Armed Group Institutions Database collects data on armed groups that were parties to conflicts between 1980 and 2010. Data collection began in April 2013 and continues for a second round of pilot testing during 2013-14. The key areas of data collection are armed groups' recruitment, training, education, indoctrination and disciplinary practices. We aim to be compatible with other armed conflict datasets, and with aggregation to the sub-group, group, coalition, and conflict levels.
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A Growing Research Team (2014)
The AGID's first pilot phase included one research assistant, Drexel University student Arhama Rushdi. Later, the project expanded to include Kanan Gole, also a Drexel undergraduate. In our second phase of pilot data collection, the research team includes five research assistants, all Drexel undergraduates. In addition to Ms. Rushdi and Ms. Gole, the team includes Christine Hammell, Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, and Alexander Nadolishny.
AGID at the the American Political Science Association (September 2013)
Thanks to crowd-funding and the Drexel Funded Research Co-op Program, PI Amelia Hoover Green was able to bring AGID Research Assistant Arhama Rushdi to the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago. In addition to attending presentations of initial AGID research, Ms. Rushdi also got a glimpse of the world of professional political science, attending a dozen panels over the conference's four days.
Our Crowd-Funding Experience (2012-13)
The first pilot of the AGID was funded in part by the science crowd-funding initiative SciFund, which has raised over $100,000 for research projects around the US and around the world. Our crowd-funding effort raised nearly $4000 toward research assistant salaries; see our RocketHub site if you're interested in our efforts to connect with broader audiences. For more information about why I chose to work with SciFund, and why I believe "public science" initiatives are important, please read my interview with Anthony Salvagno.