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About the Source Guide

The Source Guide is based on the publication Governance Indicators: A Users' Guide. In addition it is continously updated with new sources for global indicators.

The publication Governance Indicators: A Users' Guide is written in two parts. The first part provides generic guidance for users of indicators, illustrated with specific examples from the governance arena, and takes the reader through the following sections:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. How can we get data?
  3. What data can we get?
  4. How can we use the data?

The first part of the guide takes the reader from Issue to Information, whereas the second part does the reverse, starting with the information available and enabling the reader to interpret that in order to focus on the key issue.

The second part of the publication is a source guide, which takes the reader through some specifics about  the currently available data sources, including a snapshot of their methodology, some example data, their contact information and the important  assumptions underlying the particular source. Whilst there are other catalogues of sources available, this publication is unique in digging deeper into the sources and highlighting the key facts that you need to know before using any index. These include the methodology of the indicator, the assumptions which underpin it, and what they imply for the use of the source.

Users of the guide

The guide is aimed at the non-specialist user. This means that only limited background knowledge is required to make use of it, and to help in this, the guide aims to use the simplest terminology available. The use of statistics and statistical techniques to
monitor governance goes beyond the data sources included within this guide. The publication, however, is not a statistical textbook and therefore deliberately excludes discussion on these statistical techniques and the human development data to which they are most often applied. Equally, with our focus on existing data sources, we do not cover or propose any
new indicators or methods. Criteria for selecting indicator sources The source guide in Part Two only includes publicly available information. This means that the user can always go to the websites of the producers to find further information about the source. For inclusion in this guide, we required that data sources meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a clear governance data aspect
  2. Have data available
  3. Enable cross-national comparisons
  4. Provide information about their methodology
  5. Be available via the Internet, in English
  6. Sources which require payment for access were only included where we were able to obtain some information concerning the methodology and sample data free of charge.


For the purposes of transparency we have provided a table of ‘excluded data sources’ that did not meet one or more of the aforementioned criteria.

Sources not included in the Source Guide