Agentes da Transformação is a model of training and quality data collection through field research conducted by young people from communities of Rio de Janeiro-RJ.

The project is carried out in partnership with Instituto Pereira Passos (IPP), an agency of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall, and is divided into two axes:

  1. Training in field research scholarship holders – High School students from public schools, residents of the researched communities.
  2. Carrying out a large household survey with statistical rigor, able to trace the socioeconomic profile of youth in communities with installed Pacifying Police Units (UPP).

Each participant interviews 50 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 and records information on tablets with the free software Para Pesquisa installed. The project culminates in the graduation of the researchers, when the teams of each community present the results of the study. The research is shared with government agencies, companies and third sector institutions.

All the communities of Rio de Janeiro with UPPs were surveyed by the project.

Understand better how the platform works and what technologies it uses
Access Agentes de Transformação annual surveys: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
Get to know the Cadernos da Juventude Carioca (Carioca Youth Notebooks), a publication that consolidates the results of all editions of Agentes de Transformação




In the city of Rio de Janeiro, 1.4 million people live in favelas. These communities have a feature that distinguishes them from the rest of the city: the age pyramid is broadened in comparison to the formal city – that is, its population is younger than the rest of the city.

From 2008, when Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) began to be deployed in the communities of Rio de Janeiro, understanding who its residents are and what they think has become a necessity – not only for the formulation of efficient public policies, but also to guide actions of the private initiative.

Agentes de Transformação meets the urgent need for quality information with specific cut in communities with UPPs, generating official data that serve as input to public policies. At the same time, it meets a demand for professional qualification and productive inclusion in field research.





  • Realization of the action Fala, Comunidade! (Speak up, Community!)
    • Initiative held in partnership with the Municipal Department of Urbanism of Rio de Janeiro and the UPP Social program, coordinated by IPP
    • The objective was to increase popular participation in the selection of new names for four of the main roads of the Rocinha community
    • Votes were collected by young scholarship holders, residents of the community, who went from door to door and recorded the information in a technological solution installed on a tablet


  • Creation of the Agentes de Transformação project, replicating the methodology of the action Fala, Comunidade!
  • Development of the free software Para Pesquisa
  • 100 young people from 10 communities collected 6,000 questionnaires
    • Communities researched: Providência (Downtown); Prazeres (Santa Teresa); Cidade de Deus (West Side); São Carlos (Estácio); Tabajaras (South Zone); Pavão/Pavãozinho (South Zone); Vidigal (South Zone); Nova Divinéia (Grajaú); Borel and Formiga (Tijuca)


  • 2nd edition of Agentes de Transformação
  • 70 young people from 7 communities collected 3,5000 questionnaires
    • Communities researched: Batan (Batan), Unidos de Santa Tereza (Fallet/Fogueteiro/Coroa), Salgueiro (Salgueiro), Morro Santa Marta (Santa Marta), Parque Oswaldo Cruz (Manguinhos), Mangueira (Mangueira) and Morro São João (Lins)


  • 3rd edition of Agentes da Transformação
  • 120 young people from 18 communities collected 6,000 questionnaires
    • Communities researched: Morro do Adeus, Morro da Baiana e Morro do Piancó (Alemão Complex); Barreira do Vasco; Parque Boa Esperança (Caju); Chapéu Mangueira/Babilônia; Dois de Maio (Jacarezinho); Parque Roquete Pinto (Maré – Roquete Pinto); Morro do Timbau (Maré – Timbau); Morro dos Macacos; Morro da Fé, Morro do Sereno e Rua Frey Gaspar (Penha Complex); Bispo, Rodo, Pantanal (Turano Complex); Vila Arará; and Nova Kennedy (Vila Kennedy)
  • Partnership with the Platform for Urban Centers, an initiative coordinated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
    • UNICEF participated in the elaboration of the questionnaire and the training of researchers





From 2013 to 2016, Agentes de Transformação impacted the lives of 340 young people selected to conduct the researches. They were trained in field research and some continue to work with social causes.
Learn more about it: Ex-scholars tell how Agentes changed their lives

The Agentes de Transformação course ends with the graduation ceremony of the researchers, when each team is invited to share the study results.
Learn more about it: Agentes: 50 students graduate – 2016 Graduation
Graduation of students of Agents – 2015 Graduation
Agentes da Transformação graduate – 2014 Graduation
IPP and Instituto TIM release data – 2013 Graduation

In 2014, Agentes de Transformação project was the winner of the ARede Award in the category of Content of Public Interest, in the Private Sector modality. The award is an initiative of ARede Magazine and seeks to value and give visibility to social inclusion initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Learn more about it: Instituto TIM project wins award