Developing Fiscal Governance Indicators

The Challenge

Organizations in the field of fiscal governance carry out diverse work – including research, capacity building, and advocacy – that contributes to essential outcomes like greater fiscal and economic openness, accountability and equity.  However, the tools and indicators that could be used to measure progress by organizations doing this important work have lagged behind.  While macro-level fiscal governance indicators exist, few vetted approaches exist that organizations can use to systematically track the outcomes of their individual work, particularly around short- and medium-term change and progress along the pathway toward macro-level change. As a consequence, organizations working in fiscal governance are attempting to both identify and develop successful proxy measures – a lengthy and expensive process which many organizations can’t and shouldn’t undertake alone.

The Opportunity

Working closely with leading organizations and donors and leveraging its governance experience and monitoring and evaluation expertise, R4D is endeavoring to design new fiscal governance indicators focused on measuring performance of organizational activities and programs. Developing and disseminating a suite of accessible indicators that organizations can use to measure the outcomes of their work has the potential to improve assessment and learning and to enable greater collective impact in the field.

Our Work

This work will take place over several phases. As a first step, R4D will carry out background research to map existing indicators, their strengths and weaknesses, and identify priority outcome areas for indicator development. In a second phase and in close consultation with practitioners and technical advisors in the field, our team will develop and revise high-priority proxy indicators and guidance for their use. Following the design phase, indicators and support materials will be piloted in a number of sites and revised based on findings.  Finally, R4D will work with partners to carry out a number of training and dissemination activities to ensure that the indicators are taken up by practitioners and that further indicator development efforts are spurred.


Measuring Governance, Advocacy and Power: A Database of Existing Indicators, Tools and Indices brings together existing indicators, tools, and indices that may be useful to practitioners responsible for the measurement of outcomes in the field of governance, advocacy, and power in an easily accessible and filterable format.

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