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Here you can find a wide range of resources to help you use and understand ACLED data.

General guides for using and accessing the latest ACLED data can be found under the Use & Access Guides section.

Documentation for ACLED’s core methodology as well as explainers for region-specific methodology decisions can be found under the Methodology Guides and Region-specific Guides sections.

Use and Access Guides

This section contains information on how to use and get the latest version of ACLED, including guides tailored for humanitarian and media practitioners

General User Guide

Top frequently asked questions by those new to ACLED

Data Columns

Full list of columns in ACLED data with descriptions

Country/Time Period Coverage

Full list of when ACLED coverage begins for each country/territory

Terms of Use & Attribution Policy

ACLED Terms of Use and Attribution Policy

ISO Codes

A spreadsheet with country names matching their ISO 3166 numeric codes.

Keeping Your Dataset Updated

Guidelines on how to make sure you are using the latest version of ACLED data

Access Guides

Step-by-step guide for registering and navigating the ACLED Access Portal

FAQs: Registration & Access Model

Common questions regarding ACLED’s access model and registration system

API Guide

Instructions for use of ACLED’s API including commands

Methodology Guides

This section contains information about ACLED core methodology, including information about how data are collected, coded, and disaggregated

Codebook

Detailed overview of ACLED coding methodology

Event Definitions

Definitions of ACLED Event Types and Sub-Event Types

Coding Review Process

Brief overview of how ACLED data are collected and reviewed

Using Strategic Developments

Explainer on how the Strategic Developments Event Type may be used for analysis

FAQs: Fatalities Methodology

Detailed overview of how reported fatalities are coded

FAQs: Sourcing Methodology

Detailed overview of how ACLED data are sourced

Coronavirus-Related Disorder Events

Overview of how events directly related to the coronavirus pandemic are coded

Sexual Violence

Overview of how and when sexual violence is coded

Back-Coding

Overview of how and when new sources are added to ACLED coverage

FAQs: Disorder Involving Media Workers

Explainer on what can and cannot be done with ACLED data on disorder involving media workers

FAQs: Disorder Involving Peacekeepers

Explainer on what can and cannot be done with ACLED data on disorder involving peacekeepers

FAQs: Disorder Involving Health Workers

Explainer on what can and cannot be done with ACLED data on disorder involving health workers

FAQs: Gendered Associate Actors

Explainer on how ACLED tracks Political Violence Targeting Women, Demonstrations Featuring Women, and Political Violence Targeting Women in Politics

Indirect Killing of Civilians

Explainer on how civilian deaths not due to direct targeting are coded in ACLED data

Region-specific Guides

This section contains information on methodological decisions and sourcing profiles unique to specific regions or contexts

Burundi Sourcing Profile

Overview of sources used by ACLED to cover political disorder in Burundi

Ethiopia Sourcing Profile

Overview of sources used by ACLED to cover political disorder in Ethiopia

Boko Haram and ISWAP Factions

Explainer on how Boko Haram and ISWAP Factions are coded in ACLED data

Disorder in Central Asia & the Caucasus

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Political Disorder in Afghanistan

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in Afghanistan

Conflict in Ukraine

Explainer on how ACLED codes the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region

Disorder in Northern Ireland

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in Northern Ireland

Disorder in China

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in China

Disorder in North Korea

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in North Korea

Armed Groups in Colombia & Venezuela

Overview of armed groups coded in Colombia and Venezuela

Disorder in Mexico

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in Mexico

Disorder in Brazil

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in Brazil

Gang Violence: Concepts, Benchmarks & Coding Rules

Detailed overview of when and how gang violence is included in ACLED data

Israel/Palestine Sourcing Profile

Overview of sources used by ACLED to cover political disorder in Israel/Palestine

Control, Contestation, and Activity in Syria

Explainer on how ACLED measures and assigns territorial control to warring parties in Syria

Kurdish Forces

Overview of Kurdish forces coded across Iraq, Syria, and Iran in ACLED data

Yemen Civil War

Overview of ACLED coding decisions in the context of the Yemen Civil War

Disorder in the US

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in the United States

FAQs: US Coverage

Answers to frequently asked questions about ACLED coverage of the United States

Philippines Drug War

Overview of how ACLED codes the “war on drugs” in the Philippines

Disorder in Myanmar

Explainer on how ACLED codes political violence and demonstrations in Myanmar