2016 Governance Assessment Profiles

Date Published

Dec 1, 2016


Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer



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


The 2016 Governance Data Alliance Snap Poll, designed and fielded by AidData, offers aunique 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, see: In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

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


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


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


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


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

Featured Authors

Takaaki Masaki

Takaaki Masaki

Senior Research Analyst

Tanya Sethi
Policy Analysis

Tanya Sethi

Senior Policy Analyst

Samantha Custer
Policy Analysis

Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis

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