LTL

Listening to Leaders

Program Overview

360 degree feedback on development priorities, progress and performance

AidData's Listening to Leaders program collects 360 degree feedback on development priorities, progress, and performance from the perspective of leaders in low- and middle-income countries. We research convergence and divergence in priorities; barriers and opportunities to advance reforms; performance of development partners; and evidence-informed policymaking.

Spotlight

Tuning in to a New Perspective


This video is an overview of LTL's 360 degree feedback on development priorities, progress, and performance from the perspective of leaders in low- and middle-income countries. We research convergence and divergence in priorities; barriers and opportunities to advance reforms; performance of development partners; and evidence-informed policymaking.

Bridging the Gap between Leaders and Citizens


This video provides a case study into the Listening to Leaders 2018 report, which draws upon the unique experiences and perspectives of government officials, civil society leaders, private sector representatives, and development partners working on the ground in developing countries. 

Focus Areas

Listening to Leaders Survey

Fielded every two to three years, Listening to Leaders survey captures perceptions and experiences from policymakers in 140 low- and middle income countries over time on a series of topics such as development priorities, donor performance and data uptake. It provides comparative view across stakeholder groups, sectors and geographic regions. AidData has fielded two waves in 2014 and 2017, and the resulting flagship reports have been featured in NPR’s Goats & Soda Blog, The Washington, Post, The BBC, and The Financial Times.



Snap Polls

Snap polls, which are shorter surveys of typically 12-15 questions, facilitate a deeper dive into a specific topic when the broader landscape is already known. Often fielded to a small and targeted group of individuals, snap polls can provide additional insights into questions that are uncovered by the large-n Listening to Leaders survey. In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, AidData's 2017 snap poll on education data garnered insights from over 300 policymakers. In 2018, in collaboration with PARIS21 and Open Data Watch, over 1,000 policymakers provided their views on national statistics.


Custom Analysis and Advice

Drawing upon data from Listening to Leaders survey and snap polls, AidData produces a wide range of custom analysis, profiles or datasets for public use or the internal needs of funding partners. Survey data analysis is often paired with qualitative data collected through key-informant interviews or desk research to generate custom analysis.



Featured Publications

Journal Article

When do performance assessments influence policy behavior? Micro-evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey

The Review of International Organizations

Takaaki Masaki Jr, Bradley C. Parks

2019-01-02

Policy Report

Counting on Statistics: How can national statistical offices and donors increase use?

Tanya Sethi, Mihir Prakash

2018-10-21

Policy Report

Listening to Leaders 2018: Is development cooperation tuned-in or tone-deaf?

Samantha Custer, Matthew DiLorenzo, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Ani Harutyunyan

2018-05-31

Policy Report

Toward data-driven education systems: Insights into using information to measure results and manage change

Samantha Custer, Elizabeth M. King, Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Lindsay Read, Tanya Sethi

2018-02-20

Policy Report

Decoding Data Use: How do leaders source data and use it to accelerate development?

Takaaki Masaki, Samantha Custer, Agustina Eskenazi, Alena Stern, Rebecca Latourell

2017-11-28

Policy Report

Realizing Agenda 2030: Will donor dollars and country priorities align with global goals?

Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer, Jennifer Turner, Jacob Sims, Matthew DiLorenzo, Rebecca Latourell

2017-11-06

Profile / Project

Host Country Profiles

Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks

2017-06-30

Profile / Project

Development Partner Profiles

Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks

2017-06-30

Working Paper
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When Do Global Performance Assessments Influence Policy Behavior? Micro-Evidence from the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey

Bradley C. Parks, Takaaki Masaki

2017-05-02

Policy Report

Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries

Samantha Custer and Tanya Sethi, Eds.

2017-04-01

Policy Report

In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

2016-12-01

Profile / Project

2016 Governance Assessment Profiles

Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

2016-12-01

Policy Report

Danish Development Cooperation from a Partner Perspective

Bradley Parks, Samantha Custer, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Rebecca Latourell

2016-09-01

Policy Report

German Aid from a Partner Perspective

Bradley C. Parks, Takaaki Masaki, Jörg Faust, Stefan Leiderer

2016-08-01

Policy Report

From Pork to Performance: Open Government and Program Performance Tracking in the Philippines

Samantha Custer, Hanif Rahemtulla, Kai Kaiser

2016-07-01

Policy Report

Governance Data: Who Uses It and Why?

Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks

2016-03-01

Policy Report

Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why?

Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks

2015-10-01

Policy Report

The Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change: Who do developing world leaders listen to and why?

Bradley Parks, Zachary Rice, Samantha Custer

2015-04-01

Program Team

For technical or research inquires, contact:

Policy Analysis

Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis

Policy Analysis

Rodney Knight

Deputy Director of Research

Policy Analysis

Mengfan Cheng

Program Manager

Policy Analysis

Jonathan A. Solis

Research Analyst

Policy Analysis

Mihir Prakash

Senior Research Analyst

Policy Analysis

Tanya Sethi

Senior Policy Analyst

Gates Foundation
DANIDA
DEval
GDA
GODAN
Hewlett
ODW
PARIS21
USAID
William & Mary
World Bank

Alex Wooley

Director of Partnerships and Communications