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How-to guide for corruption assessment tools (3rd edition)

This Helpdesk Answer provides an overview of publicly accessible tools that assess a country’s level of corruption or its performance in controlling corruption and adhering to good governance benchmarks. The paper also includes tools that relate to the enabling environment and measure variables such as transparency, civic space or press freedom believed to reduce the risk of corruption. These assessment tools draw on a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources, including composite indexes, expert appraisals, experience- and perception-based survey instruments and in some cases administrative data. The paper is an updated version of the 2013 How-to guide for corruption assessment tools and 2016 How-to guide for corruption assessment tools.

6 February 2023
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How-to guide for corruption assessment tools (3rd edition)

Main points

  • This Helpdesk Answer provides an updated overview of the publicly available assessment methodologies that measure corruption. It includes additional tools that have been developed since the 2016 2nd edition overview of corruption measurements.
  • Useful resources included here (and not in previous editions of the overview) include the V-Dem Indices, Basel AML Index, Berggruen Governance Index, FATF Mutual Evaluations, regional barometers, and the TRACE Bribery Index, among others.

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Maslen, C. (2023) Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2023:2)

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