Measuring the hard-to-measure: Developing proxy indicators for fiscal governance outcomes
Session Number: 1810
Track: Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, and Economics
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Session Facilitator: Caroline Poirrier [Senior Program Officer - Results for Development]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Megan Colnar [Director, Strategy & Impact - Open Society Foundations]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (02:45 PM - 03:30 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette II
Other Authors: Courtney Tolmie
Audience Level: Intermediate
Session Abstract (150 words):
For organizations working to improve openness, accountability and equity in financial and economic systems, there are myriad country-level indicators for ultimate outcomes but limited tools for measuring progress toward these ultimate outcomes. While intermediate outcomes such as influencing political will and inclusion of low-income country voices in national governance debates are critical steps toward these ultimate outcomes, the ability to measure these changes and assess progress has remained an obstacle to many practitioners. This session will present a recent effort to address this obstacle by designing, piloting and refining proxy indicators that seek to measure these “hard to measure” changes that practitioners strive to achieve. We will share the indicators developed as part of this effort, followed by an interactive discussion focused on the process for developing these indicators as well as assessing the potential of the indicators to be used by colleagues outside of the fiscal governance field.
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