Recent Research Projects

Public Sector Reform in Mexico (2009-2012)
A study of Mexico’s recent experience with reforms in government, including civil service reform, electronic government innovations, citizen participation reforms, and transparency laws. Led by Mary Hilderbrand (HKS) and Miguel Valverde (EGAP-Mexico City). The book ¿Transformación, lo mismo de siempre, o progreso lento y con tropiezos? Reformas recientes al Sector Público en México, edited by Miguel Ángel Valverde Loya and Mary Hilderbrand, is forthcoming in May 2012, published by Miguel Ángel Porrúa (Mexico City).

Border Cities Project (2010-2011)
A joint project with the Latin American Initiative at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at HKS, led by Leonardo Vivas (Carr Center) and Freddy Mariñez (EGAP-Monterrey). Research on border city violence and local policies to address -  it was conducted in Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, and Nuevo Laredo. Initial analysis was presented in a seminar in Cambridge in September 2011.

Evidence-Based Human Rights Policy (2009-2010)
The enactment of Mexico’s National Plan of Action for Human Rights and similar laws at the state level sparked collaboration on human rights policy analysis and measurement. A research project and conference brought together academic, government, and civil society analysts to look at Mexico’s experience with human rights policy. Workshops built skills in using evidence in developing and evaluating human rights policy. A joint effort of the Mexico Program, EGAP, and the Measurement in Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Led by Luis Eduardo Zavala de Alba (EGAP-Estado de Mexico) and Andrea Rossi (HKS). The resulting book, Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos en México, edited by Andrea Rossi and Luis Eduardo Zavala, was published in 2010 by EGAP. Luis Eduardo formally presented it in Monterrey in December 2010.