EVENT: On Wednesday, February 21st, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and AidData will co-host a presentation and panel discussion on Toward data-driven education systems: What information do education leaders want and need?, with Samantha Custer (AidData), Elizabeth King (Brookings), Tamar Manuelyan Atinc (Brookings), Shaida Badiee (Open Data Watch), Deon Filmer (World Bank), Liesbet Steer (Education Commission), and Nathaniel Heller (Results for Development). A recording will be made available online after the event. RSVP via Brookings or follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #data4education.

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2016 Governance Assessment Profiles

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Dec 1, 2016

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Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

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Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, and Samantha Custer. 2016. In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data “good enough”? Williamsburg, VA. AidData at the College of William & Mary and the Governance Data Alliance.

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2016 Governance Assessment Profiles

Date Published

Dec 1, 2016

Authors

Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

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Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, and Samantha Custer. 2016. In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data “good enough”? Williamsburg, VA. AidData at the College of William & Mary and the Governance Data Alliance.

The 2016 Governance Data Alliance Snap Poll, designed and fielded by AidData, offers a unique window into how a broad range of governance data is used by public, private, and civil society leaders. These governance assessment profiles are based on the responses of more than 500 policy-makers and practitioners evaluating 28 governance data sources produced by a wide variety of multilateral organizations, bilateral agencies, and civil society groups.

For the full report that presents evidence on the delivery channels, use, influence, and barriers to governance data, please see In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

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The Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index

The Center for Law and Democracy's Global Right to Information Rating

Freedom House's Freedom in the World Report

Freedom House's Freedom of the Press Index

Freedom House's Freedom on the Net Index

The Global Barometer Survey

Global Financial Integrity's Illicit Financial Flows Report

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Global Integrity's Africa Integrity Indicators

The Global Integrity Report

The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance

The IMF and the World Bank's Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes

The International Budget Partnership's Open Budget Index

The Millennium Challenge Corporation's Eligibility Criteria and Country Scorecards

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The Natural Resource Governance Institute Resource Governance Index

The Open Government Partnership's IRM Progress Reports

Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability

Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer

Transparency International's National Integrity System Assessment

The U.S. Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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The U.S. Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons Report

The World Bank's Citizen Engagement in Rulemaking

The World Bank Group's Doing Business Report

The World Justice Project's Open Government Index

The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index

The World Resource Institute's Environmental Democracy Index

The Worldwide Governance Indicators

AidData Policy Report

In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

2016-12-01

Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

Over 500 leaders shared their firsthand experiences in advancing reforms in their countries and the role of governance data.

AidData Policy Report

In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

2016-12-01

Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

Over 500 leaders shared their firsthand experiences in advancing reforms in their countries and the role of governance data.

AidData Policy Report

In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

2016-12-01

Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer

Over 500 leaders shared their firsthand experiences in advancing reforms in their countries and the role of governance data.

This report presents new evidence from a 2016 Governance Data Alliance (GDA) Snap Poll of public, private, and civil society leaders in 126 low- and middle-income countries to answer four critical questions:

  • Delivery Channels: How do these leaders find or source governance data?
  • Use: How is governance data used and for what purpose(s)?
  • Influence: Which governance data do leaders find most useful – and why?
  • Barriers: What are the most prevalent obstacles to the use of governance data?

Over 500 leaders shared their firsthand experiences in advancing reforms in their countries and the role of governance data in that process. Snap poll participants evaluated 28 governance data sources (see the collected 2016 Governance Assessment Profiles) produced by a wide variety of multilateral organizations, bilateral agencies, and civil society groups.

Based upon their responses, we present four key takeaways.

  1. Broad-based communications still have sway, though the delivery channels leaders use to find governance data varies by where they work.
  2. Governance data is predominantly used to conduct research and analysis; however, specific use cases appear to be shaped by different organizational mandates.
  3. Most survey participants found governance data to be salient and helpful in their work, but this data is reportedly most useful when it is also perceived to be relevant and credible.
  4. Governance data that fails to take into account the local context is seen as irrelevant and lacks credibility when it is not transparent in methods and assumptions.

Commissioned by the Governance Data Alliance, this study was made possible with financial support from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Omidyar Network.

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This large-scale survey, used in the 2015 Listening to Leaders report, collects feedback on development priorities, progress and performance from the perspectives of more than 6,000 policymakers, practitioners and leaders in 126 low- and middle-income countries.