A user's guide to measuring corruption

A user's guide to measuring corruption

Measuring corruption

Over the past few years, a flood of new work has emerged challenging the validity of the traditional measurements of corruption and arguing for new and improved tools for national policy makers, civil society and donors alike. This guide suggests ways of measuring corruption promoting a multiple data sourcing approach and a focus on actionable measurements. It is aimed at national stakeholders, donors and international actors involved in corruption measurement and anti-corruption programming.

This guide is based on more than thirty interviews with individuals from dozens of countries who are working on corruption and governance reforms, including government officials, development practitioners, donor representatives and multilateral specialists. It explains the strengths and limitations of different measurement approaches, and provides practical guidance on how to use the indicators and data generated by corruption measurement tools to identify entry points for anti-corruption programming.

Some of the areas covered include:

  • Critical Review
  • Voices from the Trenches
  • Good Practices & Case Studies
The appendix provides an indicator selection checklist, a list of corruption indices and national tools for measuring corruption.
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