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A Users' Guide to Measuring Local Governance

Producer: 
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre
Publication year: 
2009
Source of the information: 
Gaportal

This Guide is intended to respond to an increasing demand from UNDP Country Offices and a wide range of national stakeholders for guidance on the multiplicity of tools and methods that are being used to measure, assess and monitor governance at the local level.The guide contains an extensive source guide with more than 20 ready-made tools for assessing local governance.

The guide, excluding the annexes, has also been translated to French, Russian and Spanish.

The Guide is essentially made up of two parts; the first part outlines what is meant by local governance and describes the kinds of issues, concepts and priorities for local governance that existing measurement and assessment tools tend to focus on. This first part also provides guidance on challenges and opportunities for assessing local governance. The guidance is based on direct feedback from users of assessment tools, a distillation of good practices, and four illustrative case study examples.
The second part is the Source Guide, which is an inventory of existing assessment tools and
methodologies. At present, there is no resource that offers a global overview bringing together all existing approaches, tools and methods in this area. The Source Guide is structured in a way to provide detailed information on each tool, including: history, objectives, applicability, the types and sources of data used, methodology used, key actors/stakeholders involved, the results reporting format, the gender and poverty focus (if it has one), strengths and weaknesses, the coverage, timeline, the assumptions in the method, contact details and any supplementary tools/guidelines related to the particular instrument. The purpose of compiling and organising this information is to provide local governance actors and other stakeholders engaged in strengthening governance at the local level with a resource that can be drawn on for developing new assessment tools or adapting existing assessment approaches to their specific contexts. It is important to note that the Guide does not provide a new measurement or assessment methodology and it does not propose any kind of a blueprint.
The Guide is an important component of UNDP’s body of guidance on measuring and assessing democratic governance, developed as part of UNDP’s programme on Governance Assessments.1 This programme supports nationally owned processes for assessing and measuring democratic governance and aims to facilitate the development of tools which have broad-based national ownership, are pro-poor and gender- sensitive, and are designed to identify governance weaknesses and capacity gaps.