The Center for Applied Research and Learning combines academic rigor with practitioner experience, emphasizing applied research, evaluation and organi­zational learning to strengthen democracy and gover­nance assistance.

The Center builds on IFES’ history of more than 35 years of innovation, thought lead­ership and technical election assistance in over 145 countries. Through research, writing and continued collaboration with electoral learning initiatives – such as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network and Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) – the Center also fosters learning opportunities for IFES’ own emerging leaders, building the knowledge of staff in all areas of program activity.