About Our Work
Our work in this program area* aims to inform and shape policy and practice as regards efforts to promote open and effective governance around the world. This program area builds on our deep expertise in anti-corruption and integrity systems research and advocacy, and as such forms the foundation for much of our work in our other program areas. The core hypothesis which guides our work in this area is that the provision of relevant and actionable data can support data-driven politically-engaged and context-sensitive reflection and learning on how policies are playing out in practice, and on how different actors might work together, navigating and shaping the political landscape, to drive progress toward more open and effective governance.
Our work in this area includes:
- Indicator-based assessments such as the Africa Integrity Indicators and our US-focused work on State Integrity to support policy dialogue;
- Designing governance assessments that meet the needs of local stakeholders, and promoting our take on ‘Governance Assessments 2.0‘ through such venues as the Governance Data Alliance and the Research Consortium on Open Government Impacts;
- Engaging with anti-corruption players to better understand and navigate reforms in context-sensitive ways, including investigating determinants that drive citizen engagement against corruption; and
- Engaging with other international actors to support user-centric, adaptive approaches to supporting governance reform, for instance, with the World Bank and others focused on the World Development Report for 2017.
*Evaluating the substance of our five different program areas, in April 2017 we decided to re-label this programmatic stream to be about ‘Integrity and Anti-Corruption‘ — more clearly expressing its content and focus, and therefore better aligning it with the labels of other program areas. In comparison, the former title ‘Governance, Data and Citizen Engagement’ expressed methods, tools and foci we apply across all programs and projects we run and as such was somewhat confusing.
Why Citizens Act! (2016-current) A positive outlier research approach with Transparency International to unpack why and how citizens choose to take action on corruption with fieldwork in Tunisia and Georgia.
Africa Integrity Indicators (2013-current) An assessment of key social, economic, political, and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level for 54 countries across the continent, including both du jure and de facto questions.
State Integrity Indicators (2012 & 2015) A data-driven analysis of transparency and accountability in all 50 US states, grading on existing laws and analysis of how well they are implemented.
Defending Democracy: Lessons from Around the World (2017-2019) A series of convenings and a repository of information to bolster efforts of U.S. democracy advocates by supporting them to learn from other countries’ experiences.
Global Integrity Report (2006-2013) A guide to anti-corruption institutions and mechanisms around the world, intended to help policymakers, advocates, journalists and citizens identify and anticipate the areas where corruption is more likely to occur within the public sector.
Local Integrity Initiatives (2008-2012, 2015) The Local Integrity Initiatives are a collection of unique projects assessing anti-corruption and governance at the sub-national and at sector levels.