In September 2016 we began research for Open Budget Survey 2017 — the world’s only independent, comparable measure of budget transparency, participation, and oversight. There are three things you should know about this sixth and latest round of the survey.
1.) What is the timeline for the Open Budget Survey 2017 Research?
In September 2016, researchers began collecting data on budget-related events, activities, and developments that occurred before 31 December 2016 and capturing them in individual questionnaires. In March 2017, we began sending these questionnaires to anonymous peer reviewers with substantial working knowledge of budget systems in in each survey country. We also invited the governments of nearly all survey countries to comment on the draft results, and will send the questionnaire to those that have accepted the invitation.
2.) What is different about the Open Budget Survey 2017?
- We have extended the coverage of the Open Budget Survey from 102 countries to 115 countries.
- To reflect evolving methods for disseminating budget information, we now only consider documents that are published on a relevant government website as being “publicly available.”
- We have strengthened the indicators on public participation and oversight to underscore the importance of all three pillars of a well-functioning accountability ecosystem: budget transparency, public participation, and the effectiveness of oversight institutions.
3.) What steps can countries take to improve budget transparency and accountability?
Recommendations for improving budget transparency, participation and oversight are included in the Open Budget Survey 2015 global report and individual country summaries. We have also collaborated with our research partners to conduct and publish an interim update on the public availability of the eight key budget documents to help inform budget transparency reforms.