- The organization makes explicit claims to represent the interests of one or more ethnic groups and/or the organization's members are primarily members of a specific ethnic minority.
- The organization is political in its goals and activities.
- The organization is active at a regional and/or national level.
- The organization was not created by a government.
- The organization is active for at least three consecutive years between 1980 and 2004.
- Umbrella organizations (coalitions/alliances) are NOT coded. Instead, member organizations are coded.
Analysis of this data reveals major changes over the past three decades in the behavior and ideologies of these organizations. The proportion of organizations that used violence as a means of protest declined. While the number or organizations increased from 39 in 1980 to 96 in 2004, the percentage of organizations that used violence decreased from 56 percent in 1986 to only 14 percent in 2004. According to Pate, while all the organizations in the database have an ethnic identity, the mix of other ideologies espoused have also changed over time.
The percentage of organizations advocating for democracy has steadily increased since 1990 and the number of religiously oriented organizations has increased dramatically since the late 1990s. MAROB researchers are currently processing data for the ethnopolitical groups in Latin America and Post-Communist Europe, as well as extending the data for the Middle East and North Africa.
For further analysis, there is also a report on The Use of Violence by Ethnopolitical Organizations in the Middle East.