The Subnational Open Budget Survey Methodology and Questionnaire

2013 | International Budget Partnership

As subnational governments’ responsibility for resource allocation and service provision has increased, so has the importance of transparency, participation, and accountability at the subnational level. Recognizing this, as well as the scarcity of academic and policy literature on the subject, the International Budget Partnership implemented two rounds of subnational budget transparency studies that were completed in 2011 and 2013. Each round of the subnational studies used a different approach to develop the transparency assessment methodologies and instruments. IBP used these experiences to develop a questionnaire and a methodology to aid civil society organizations in conducting budget transparency studies at the subnational level.


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2013 Subnational Budget Transparency Studies

The methodologies for these studies was developed by the International Budget Partnership and drew on the national Open Budget Survey as well insights from our research partners.

2011 Subnational Budget Transparency Studies

The methodologies for these studies were developed by IBP’s partners in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Croatia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Mali, Mongolia, and Peru. These organizations also conducted the studies.

  • Subnational Budget Transparency: An Analysis of Ten Pilot Studies, IBP Synthesis Paper (2012)
  • Argentina, conducted by Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)
  • Bolivia, conducted by Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA)
  • Brazil, conducted by Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC)
  • Croatia, conducted by Insitute for Public Finance (IPF)
  • Ecuador, conducted by Grupo FARO
  • India, conducted by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA)
  • Indonesia, conducted by Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (SEKNAS FITRA)
  • Mali, conducted by Groupe de Recherche en Economie Appliquée et Théorique (GREAT)
  • Mongolia, conducted by Open Society Forum (OSF)
  • Peru, conducted by Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales / Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana (CEPES/GPC)

SN OBS_Methodology_final020514.pdf

pdf, 0.55 MB

SN OBS_Questionnaire_final020514vrquestions_em.pdf

pdf, 0.79 MB

SN OBS_Brazil Summary_061713_En.pdf

pdf, 0.05 MB

SN OBS_Tanzania Summary.pdf

pdf, 0.21 MB

IBP Synthesis Report on SN OBS Pilot Surveys_final020714.pdf

pdf, 0.51 MB
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