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Open Budget Survey, 2006-2012

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, aggregate data
  • International Budget Partnership
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
budgets; citizens; civil society; control; corruption; debt; democracy; economics; electoral systems; expenditures; government; Gross Domestic Product; interest (finance); international economics; law; legislation; legislatures; macroeconomics; organizations; participation; performance; policy; political corruption; political participation; population; World Bank
  • Abstract

    The Open Budget Survey evaluated whether central governments in countries around the world provided the public with access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process. Beginning in 2006, the Open Budget Survey is conducted biennially in partnership with independent civil society researchers within each country. To measure the overall commitment of the countries surveyed to transparency and to allow for comparisons among countries, the International Budget Partnership created the Open Budget Index from the Open Budget Survey which assigned a score to each country based on the information it made available to the public throughout the budget process.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 100 percent
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2006
  • Time period: 2008
  • Time period: 2010
  • Time period: 2012
  • 2005-05 / 2005-10
    Collection date: 2005-05--2005-10
  • 2007-06 / 2007-09
    Collection date: 2007-06--2007-09
  • 2009-06 / 2009-09
    Collection date: 2009-06--2009-09
  • 2011-08 / 2011-12
    Collection date: 2011-08--2011-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Global
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • North America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • United States
Sampled Universe
national governments Smallest Geographic Unit: country
A convenience sample of the budgets of countries was used, based on availability of researchers and funding.
Collection Mode
  • record abstracts

    This data collection includes several Comma Separated Values (.csv) files, as well as an Excel, which contain country codes, data summaries, question groupings, scores provided by the producer, survey questions, and regions that the surveyed countries are in. These additional files can be found in the zip file

    The Original P.I. Documentation contains reference to over 200 countries in this collection. Please refer to the file for more information.

    For additional information on the Open Budget Survey, please visit the International Budget Partnership Web site.

2014-03-31 Changes to the P.I., Codebook and Data Collection Instrument.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34932 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34932.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

International Budget Partnership (2014): Open Budget Survey, 2006-2012. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.