On April 16, 2014, the World Bank and several partners launched the iChallenge: an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that measure the strength of governance and public management systems. (www.worldbank.org/ichallenge)
Running until July 1, 2014, the iChallenge is looking for ideas from practitioners, researchers, academics and general citizens for indicators that are:
-action-worthy (empirically or plausibly connect with development outcomes),
-actionable (governments can do something to improve their scores),
-behavioral (measure the functioning of institutions rather than their form) and
-can be applied across a variety of country contexts.
For now, the iChallenge is focusing on indicators that cover public financial management, procurement, tax administration, public administration and civil service, and public information systems. Indicators that address transparency and accountability in each of these systems are particularly encouraged.
The goal of the iChallenge is to raise awareness of the need for additional measures that meet these criteria, start a public conversation on what these measures could look like, and identify several indicators that could be piloted or scaled up. The iChallenge is part of a larger project aiming to identify and build consensus around a set of indicators of the strength of public management systems (ISPMS).
Participating in the iChallenge is simple. Visit www.worldbank.org/ichallenge to share your idea and comment on those submitted by others. The website includes more details about what types of indicators we are looking for, as well as what indicators already exist that measure the strength of public management systems. We’re looking for ideas for indicators that improve upon existing measures—these indicators may already be used by countries and their partners, or be entirely new.
All ideas that meet our basic criteria will be published on the website and in a menu of indicators that will be made widely available. An Evaluation Body composed of leading experts and chaired by Francis Fukuyama will review entries and select the top three to be presented at a workshop in the fall of 2014 at the World Bank. A full list of Evaluation Body members is available on the website.
Visit www.worldbank.org/ichallenge to learn more and join the conversation!