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Map existing indicators

Although several organizations may produce governance indicators within a country, usually these indicators are little known or used. A mapping may increase awareness and use of governance indicators in policymaking. It also may uncover governance indicator deficits or areas where more governance data are needed.

Many national organizations, as well as external donors, have set out to develop "new" governance indicators and collect "new" governance data that often already exists within the country. In addition, many national policymakers themselves may not be aware of existing governance indicators and data that could be used in policymaking processes, and thus use alternative bases for their policy decisions (insert hyperlink).

A useful way of connecting the supply of governance indicators with the demand is to map readily available governance indicators within a country and to map the use of those indicators by policymakers.

Mapping also can help harmonize various governance indicators: For instance, there may be multiple sets of overlapping  indicators produced by donors, national institutions and local and international NGOs in thematic areas such as corruption. However, in other areas of governance few resources have been dedicated to measuring and monitoring. 

The key challenges in undertaking a mapping encompass setting and agreeing on the parameters, including agreeing on an operational definition of a governance indicator, the scope of the mapping, and decisions on legitimate and illegitimate governance indicator sources to use.