One of our main activities at Open Evidence is to build policy scoreboards, such as this this and this.

I like this visual representation because it is not a ranking and it illustrates the full complexity of the issue. You can see who’s good and bad on a specific issue, but you don’t have a ranking which encourages “me too” behaviour and institutional isomorphism.

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Screencap of the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker

However, it is clear that rankings are an effective way to channel the results of an analysis. If you want to be heard, you need to tell a story. And the large dashboard tells many, not one story. I could bore you to death with the danger of a single story, but in my job, it helps to communicate.

So how can we build a qualitative policy indicator, that we could use for the startup manifesto?

The most interesting example so far is the OECD Reform Responsiveness index, included in the Going for Growth analysis (full details in the 2010 edition, page 79) and used in the Lisbon Council Euro Plus Monitor.

But still, it’s a simple percentage of reforms carried out over reform recommended. Not so sophisticated after all and without any weighting.

Do you know other good examples?