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The International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) Index provides a set of comparative information to help countries determine what they do well, where they can improve and what they can learn from each other.

The first of its kind, the 2017 InCiSE Index covers 31 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia. By assessing civil service effectiveness based on how the civil service delivers its functions, the Index reveals what countries do well and where they can improve. 

The Index is a collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and the Institute for Government. The project has been supported by the UK Civil Service and is funded by the Open Society Foundations. The inaugural InCiSE Index is a pilot project and the founders have the long-term foal of broadening its scope by expanding country coverage and producing it regularly.

InCiSE is not claiming at this stage to be a comprehensive measure of civil service performance. Countries and data are missing which prevent the Index from being as robust and comparative as we would wish. We hope partners will help us strengthen and refine this inaugural Index over time. We also hope it will encourage further data collection in areas where it is lacking and will actively support these efforts.

InCiSE has already brought together a growing volume of data and insights. We hope the launch of this report will stimulate wide-ranging discussions globally about how civil services can improve their effectiveness, as well as the usefulness of the InCiSE data. Feedback is welcome at:

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Data visualisations

In interpreting the diagrams below, consideration should be given to data quality (please refer to Figure 7 of the Index Technical Report) and the degree to which country data has been estimated (see Table 18 of the Index Technical Report).