An independent academic study, the Electoral Integrity Project addresses three questions: 
*When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity?  
*What happens when elections fail to do so? 
*And what can be done to mitigate these problems? 
Under the direction of Pippa Norris, the research team is based at the University of Sydney and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Istanbul and Philadelphia 2016 meetings

The next one-day EIP workshop, on 'Contentious elections, conflict and regime transitions', cosponsored with International IDEA, will meet on 23 July 2016 in Istanbul, before IPSA. A separate panel at IPSA, cosponsored with V-DEM,  focuses on Expert Indicators.  More details... 
The 10th one-day EIP Workshop will meet in Philadelphia on 31 August 2016, before APSA. The event is cosponsored with the Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM) project. More details...

The Year in Elections, mid-2015 update

This report and data-set evaluate the quality of elections held around the world. The latest release (3.5) covers 153 national  elections in 125 countries from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2015.  Data can be downloaded, along with the  executive report

The next version (PEI-4.0) will be released in February 2016, covering elections in around 160 countries.