Publication Type: 
Policy document
Published Date: 
July, 2018

EITI Key Performance Indicators - Measuring the impact of the EITI

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This paper replaces "EITI process and outcome indicators", July 2010.

The EITI’s key performance indicators (KPI) are rooted in the organisation’s theory of change and measure the effectiveness of the EITI’ international management[1]: at the international level, implementing country[2] level and the International Secretariat and Board level.

  • Impact indicators, or “big picture” indicators, measure the direction of travel of EITI countries based on indexes that measure the quality of governance. Although not attributable to any single organisation, selected proxy indicators such as investment climate, human capital spending, corruption and poverty levels are all relevant to the EITI’s goals. If the EITI is successfully being implemented in accordance with its Principles, countries should score better every year on those selected indexes. See Table 1: Impact indicators.
  • Outcome indicators quantify the number of countries with transparent systems. These are based on the outcomes of Validation, the quality assurance mechanism of EITI implementation. It measures the number of countries that have achieved “satisfactory progress” or “beyond” on the related EITI Requirements.

    The level of transparency can partly be attributed to EITI implementation. Other factors, such as political will and opportunity, as well as work by partners (for example the World Bank and NRGI) may also impact a country’s performance. See Table 2: Outcome indicators level 1and Table 3: Outcome indicators level 2.
  • Secretariat’s effectiveness indicators that monitor value for money. These can be directly linked to the International Secretariat’s and the EITI Board’s activity: input and output in relationship to the allocation of budget and staff time.  See Table 1: Input, activities and output indicators.

The KPIs are the result of a review[3] conducted by a working group in 2017 that produced a new proposal. The most significant change is the introduction of Validation results (outcome indicators) as key performance indicators. There are challenges in linking the EITI’s KPIs to Validation results, as these reflect the progress a country is making towards meeting the EITI Requirements based on data from EITI Reports, which is usually published with a two-year delay. However, it is data produced through the most rigorous process available for assessing progress and is closely linked to the EITI Principles. The proposed changes ensure a framework that accommodates for any future alterations to the EITI Standard, as such changes will also affect Validation procedures and results.


[1]The EITI Board and International Secretariat make up the EITI international management 

[2]For a list of implementing countries, see

[3]The previous KPIs date from July 2010: For a comparison of the changes, email the The basis of this paper is Board paper 40-4-C