Title: Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis Techniques as Tools for the Quality Assessment of Composite Indicators
Authors: SAISANA MichaelaSALTELLI ANDREATARANTOLA STEFANO
Citation: JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES A-STATISTICS IN SOCIETY vol. 168 no. 2 p. 307-323
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
Publication Year: 2005
JRC Publication N°: JRC31318
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31318
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Composite indicators are increasingly used for bench-marking countries performances. Yet doubts are often raised about the robustness of the resulting countries rankings and about the significance of the associated policy message.We propose the use of uncertainty analysis and sensitivity analysis to gain useful insights during the process of building composite indicators, including a contribution to the indicators definition of quality and an assessment of the reliability of countries rankings. We discuss to what extent the use of uncertainty and sensitivity analysis may increase transparency or make policy inference more defensible by applying the methodology to a known composite indicator: the United Nations technology achievement index.
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