At the global level, recognising that country-led implementation cannot simply be captured by quantitative analysis alone, the EITI Board has (since 2007) monitored the results achieved through the implementation of the EITI Standard through:
- Regular implementation and outreach progress reports
- Annual Progress Reports
- The Validation process
- Key performance indicators
- Overall evaluations
In 2015, the EITI Standard became fully operational (i.e. all countries report using the Standard) after a period of transition since its adoption in May 2013 at the EITI Global Conference. The EITI Standard was revised in February 2016.
Features of the 2016 EITI Standard include beneficial ownership, contract transparency, disclosing information on licensing, budget distribution and expenditures, and these elements are now included in EITI reporting. Together with other aspects such as timeliness for publishing reports, data readability, subnational reporting, there is now a greater amount of more timely, reliable and accessible information that allows monitoring the work of the EITI more thoroughly.
Similarly, the format and ways in which the EITI is delivering outputs, including communication tools, is changing. It is expected, and desirable, that EITI information is increasingly delivered in digital format (open data, portals, and websites).
The progress on implementation across EITI countries is captured in the implementation progress reports that are submitted to the EITI Board before each Board meeting. Progress on outreach to countries not yet implementing the EITI is captured in the outreach progress reports.
In addition, the EITI provides a public annual document which seeks to capture progress internationally and across implementing countries, as well as administrative information reflecting the progress against the Secretariat’s annual workplan and budget (both which are approved by the Board).