Title: Rankings and Ratings: Instructions for Use
Authors: SAISANA MichaelaSALTELLI Andrea
Citation: Hague Journal on the Rule of Law vol. 3 no. 2 p. 247-268
Publisher: T.M.C.ASSER PRESS and Contributors
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC64677
ISSN: 1876-4045
URI: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8394471
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC64677
DOI: 10.1017/S1876404511200058
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Multidimensional measures (composite indicators, indices, ratings, league tables) can effectively underpin the development of data-driven narratives in support to policy. A controversy surrounds the use of these measures. We review some good and bad practices from the recent literature. We then discuss briefly a decalogue to develop a multidimensional measure. We argue in favour of a multi-modelling approach to represent different scenarios in the construction of an aggregate measure prior to drawing recommendations for policy making. Finally, we try to establish a link between the analytic use of well designed aggregate measures and the development of a robust culture of evaluation of policies based on evidence. An application of these concepts and tools to the Rule of Law index developed by the World Justice Project is given.
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