Research Tools and Resources on Democratic Citizenship

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Research Tools

These research tools have been created and developped by our researchers, post-doctoral fellows and students.



Lexicoder is a Java-based, multi-platform software for automated content analysis of text. Lexicoder was developed at by CSDC members, Lori Young and Stuart Soroka, and programmed by Mark Daku.
Visit their website for more information and research links.


Vote Compass

The Vote Compass is an interactive on-line tool developed to help voters become informed about different party platforms. The Vote Compass is run during election campaigns and allows voters to answer questions and learn how close their own views are to the candidate parties.
The Vote Compass is a non-partisan and a not-for-profit application.
Please visit the Vote Compass website and Facebook page.


The website for the polimeters goal  is to monitor the fulfillment of election promises in Canada and Quebec with periodical updates. Click here to access the Trudeau polimeter and here to access the Couillard polimeter. Click here to acces the archived Harper polimeter and here to access the Marois polimeter.
Please click here to see the Polimètre’s methodology and here to see all the information about the polimètres.

Federal and Provincial Ressources


Some of our partners are strongly implicated in the political life. Please visit their website:


Research Centers and Associations

Canadian Political Science Association / Association canadienne de science politique (CPSA/ACSP)
International Political Science Association (IPSA)


Centre de recherche en immigration , ethnicité et citoyenneté (CRIEC)
Centre d’analyse politique – Constitution et fédéralisme (CAPCF)
Centre d’étude en pensée politique (CEPP)
Groupe de recherche sur les imaginaires politiques en Amérique latine (GRIPAL)
Chaire de recherche UQAM en psychologie politique de la solidarité sociale (CPPSS)
Chaire de recherche du Canada en études québécoises et canadiennes (CRÉQC)

Université de Montréal

Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européenne
Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal
Chaire Jean Monnet – Projet Euroscope
Chaire de recherche du Canada en démocratie électorale
Chaire de recherche en citoyenneté et gouvernance
Chaire de recherche en études électorales

 Université Laval

Centre d’analyse des politiques publiques (CAPP)
Centre t’études amérindiennes (CEI)
Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires
Chaire de recherche du Canada en diplomatie publique
Groupe de recherche en communication politique (GRCP)


Centre for International Peace and Security Studies
European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE)
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Montreal Research Group on Constitutional Studies
Middle East Studies Program
Quebec Studies Program
Simulation du Parlement Europeen, Canada, Quebec, Europe


Research Chair (CURC) in Aging and Public Policy
Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation (CIPE)


Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Éducation aux Médias et Droits Humains

Academic Journals

Acta Politica
American Journal of Political Science
American Political Science Review
Canadian Political Science Review
Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique