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Benchmarks and Comparative Data


DataGob (Inter-American Development Bank)

DataGob, launched by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2007, provides access to some 400 governance indicators, covering four major areas: rule of law, democracy, markets, public sector management and a number of key socioeconomic indicators. The indicators available at DataGob come from 30 different sources, including academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, private firms and multilateral agencies. Users can download data and construct comparative tables and graphs that can be printed or exported to commonly used software formats. The portal, which is available in Spanish and English, also has information on the methodology used to build the indicators, their reliability, conceptual validity and suitability for analyzing changes over time and differences across countries.

Inventory of Initiatives Measuring Human Rights and Democratic Governance (Metagora)

This inventory is a dynamic database which main objective is to provide relevant information and networking tools to the organizations and individuals who are implementing or planning to implement evidence-based assessment of human rights and democratic governance. The inventory contains information on the scope, aims, methods and outcomes of recent and current initiatives launched in the five continents.

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), composed of experts from all the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, aims at improving the efficiency and functioning of Justice in these countries. The CEPEJ prepares benchmarks, collects and analyzes data, and published reports on various aspects of the functioning of the justice system. It offers valuable comparative data.

The CEPEJ has established a scheme for benchmarking and evaluating the judicial systems of its member States comprising a comprehensive set of more than 100 quantitative and qualitative indicators concerning all relevant aspects of a good functioning of the judiciary in Europe and accepted by all the member States. An explanatory note gives guidance to those who are requested to provide the information. A pilot report was published in 2005. Augmented, improved and updated reports were published in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

CEPEJ Website

Doing Business

The Doing Business database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The Doing Business indicators are comparable across 183 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity and growth. Since law and justice institutions are an important element of business regulations and their enforcement, the reports also address these issues from a private sector development angle.


Governance Indicators and Rule of Law Index (World Bank Institute)

The World Bank Institute’s Governance Group supports the collection, rigorous analysis, careful interpretation, and transparent dissemination of data on governance for empirical research, capacity-building, and learning programs. The page attached below presents the updated aggregate governance research indicators for 209 countries for 1996–2004, for six dimensions of governance: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption.
The data and methodology used to construct the indicators are described in "Governance Matters IV: Governance Indicators for 1996–2004." The data can be accessed interactively through the links on the right of this page.

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Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI)

Political management and progress on the way to democracy and a market economy are measurable and comparable worldwide. The Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) is an international ranking of 119 developing and transition countries. It sheds light upon the political and economic status of each country as well as upon the political management performance by the relevant actors. Detailed country reports provide information on the underlying factors of assessment for each country examined. Law and Justice institutions are an important element of the assessments.


Justice Center of the Americas (CEJA)

CEJA has published a series of reports on the judicial systems in the Americas with comparative data. The reports are attached below. So is a link to a synopsis of indicators with sources of justice sector indicators.


Judicial Reform Index

Drawing on standards proposed by the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and other national and international bodies, the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative has developed a method for evaluating a nation's progress towards judicial reform. The group rates nations on 30 different indicators divided into six categories: 1) quality, education, and diversity; 2) judicial powers; 3) financial resources; 4) structural safeguards; 5) accountability and transparency; and 6) efficiency. The summary of the index is attached. So are copies of the evaluations completed to date.



The International Country Risk Guide (PRS Group)

The International Country Risk Guide uses indicators for example on 'law and order'. Financial, political and economic risk ratings for 140 countries are available.


World Bank: Indicators of Governance and Institutional Quality

This website provides access to many of the existing governance indicators by indicator source for all countries. It also provides a brief "User’s Guide" describing the ways in which indicators differ from each other, with an emphasis on selecting the indicators that are most appropriate for one’s particular purposes.


IRIS Center at the University of Maryland

This links to a World Bank project that was designed to identify and develop robust indicators that would capture key aspects of quality of governance: (1) property rights and rule-based governance, (2) corruption levels, and (3) government effectiveness


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP provides a collection of guides to and sets of governance indicators.


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