The Global Integrity Report is an incredibly dense document: millions of words of original reporting and research. This page will help you understand where to start to make use of the Global Integrity Report and its downloadable source material.
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The Global Integrity Index, and the country assessments that make up the Global Integrity Report, can be important tools for journalists to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a country's anti-corruption and public integrity system. There are thousands of potential story leads buried in the vast amount of data and information we gather ranging from investigations of conflict-of-interest regulations, the health and vitality of civil society institutions, and law enforcement accountability. Why do countries suffer from certain governance challenges but not others? What are the key preconditions for anti-corruption mechanisms that successfully function in a given country? The Index and Global Integrity country assessments can help journalists begin to answer these questions and raise awareness amongst the public.
Academics & Students
The Global Integrity Index, especially the downloadable source database that comprises it, can be a powerful variable with which to explore other key development indicators — economic growth, income distribution, health and education rates, and other key socio-economic indicators. By offering researchers a robust, transparent, and reliable set of data that is consistent across a wide range of diverse countries, we can begin to unpack many of the "black boxes" associated with impediments to successful and equitable development. The Integrity Indicators offer a wealth of raw material for original cross-country comparisons: the annual Global Integrity Report comprises more than 15,000 peer reviewed data points, each with supporting commentary and references for further research.
For teachers and civic educators, the Global Integrity Index helps provide more precise and concrete definitions of "good governance" for students by drilling down to specific core governance and anti-corruption institutions, mechanisms and practices. Our comprehensive data set is accessible to a wide range of audiences and is useful to educators of all stripes.
Donors have limited capital, both financial and political, to spend on governance reform efforts. The Global Integrity Index and Integrity Indicators assist donors by helping to prioritize governance and anti-corruption challenges in a country, region, or globally. By providing an actionable roadmap for reform, donors can begin to sequence key governance interventions to tackle the most pressing anti-corruption weaknesses in a country - or help bolster those "pillars of integrity" that are functioning well. The Index empowers donors, both bilateral and multilateral, by offering a platform for evidence-based reform efforts.
The Global Integrity Index and Global Integrity country reports offer grassroots advocates a tool for sharpening their message when calling for reform. Rather than simply criticizing government for failing to curb corruption, advocates can instead use the Integrity Indicators scorecard to pinpoint specific, actionable reforms – better enforcement of conflicts of interest regulations for senior civil servants, for example – that will resonate more effectively with government than a generalized critique.
For international investors and business managers, risk is no longer simply associated with the likelihood of a military coup or nationalization of assets. It is instead far more often associated with the uncertainty posed by unfair regulatory treatment, opaque rules of the game, and patronage networks dictating success or failure in the marketplace rather than competitive advantage. The Global Integrity Index and Integrity Indicators offer savvy investors and business managers with a tool to assess these "next-generation" risks and exploit undervalued market opportunities.