The Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR) is a research firm pro that specializes in surveys and Social Science research, advisory and consulting services based in the University Town of Zomba in southern Malawi. We are a leading research firm in conducting and presenting high quality and trusted data to our clients in opinion surveys, marketing research, advisory and consulting services. Founded in 2014, IPOR is a partnership between two scholars based at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. IPOR is a legally registered firm by Malawi Government under the Business Names Registration Act (Cap.46:02). It was registered on 10 November 2014. The Certificate number is 173447. IPOR has offices and maintains physical address on Fishing Flies Road, Mulunguzi, Zomba. IPOR is legally able to operate in Malawi. Read More
IPOR’s founding partners were motivated by their keenness to contribute to the national development agenda by offering a platform to young women and men of huge intellectual promise to develop into researchers of repute nationally and even beyond. The founders were initially interested in public opinion surveys as the principal remit of IPOR. This was driven by their belief that public opinion surveys help a wide range of stakeholders to diagnose and address issues of public concern by providing accurate, unbiased and statistically sound data. In fact, public opinion surveys uncover views and opinions of local residents on critical issues affecting them thereby generating information that help ensure that policies, programmes and actions reflect public values, interests and needs.
Over the years, however, IPOR’s portfolio has progressively expanded.
Its main activities include:
> survey design, implementation and data management in a wide range of areas;
> research and consultancy focusing mainly on governance, development and management, institutional assessments and reviews, programme review and evaluation, political economy analysis of development, social policy, livelihoods; gender, youth and development, data management and communication, and
> a variety of short term and professional trainings such as political economy analysis, policy engagement, influence and advocacy, corporate governance and leadership, preparing individuals to become effective research assistants and researchers, and writing winning proposals.
To offer high quality advisory services and conduct excellent and independent research designed to produce new knowledge and transformative insights as the basis for innovative and practical policy interventions that promote the well-being of societies, especially in the developing world
A leading hub for knowledge production and dissemination in relevant policy processes and recognizable for excellence in research, advisory and consulting services in southern Africa and beyond
The overarching objective of IPOR is to promote positive change through the power of ideas by, among other things, identifying, encouraging and aggressively promoting and advocating for evidence-based insights in development programming and policy development through research, advisory services and training.
The specific objectives of IPOR include the following: