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Metadata Glossary

Indicator NameStatistical Capacity Score (Overall Average) (scale 0 - 100)
Long definitionThe Statistical Capacity Indicator is a composite score assessing the capacity of a country’s statistical system. It is based on a diagnostic framework assessing the following areas: methodology; data sources; and periodicity and timeliness. Countries are scored against 25 criteria in these areas, using publicly available information and/or country input. The overall Statistical Capacity score is then calculated as a simple average of all three area scores on a scale of 0-100.
SourceWorld Bank, Bulletin Board on Statistical Capacity (
TopicPublic Sector: Policy & institutions
Aggregation methodUnweighted average
Statistical concept and methodologyThe Statistical Capacity Indicator score is calculated as the average of the scores of the 3 dimensions, i.e. Availability, Collection, Practice.
Development relevanceStatistical Capacity is a nation’s ability to collect, analyze, and disseminate high-quality data about its population and economy. Quality statistics are essential for all stages of evidence-based decision-making, including: Monitoring social and economic indicators, Allocating political representation and government resources, Guiding private sector investment, as well as Informing the international donor community for program design and policy formulation.
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