ERCAS' Index of Public Integrity (IPI) assesses a society's capacity to control corruption and ensure responsible spending of public resources. Several indices currently only show that corruption remains a key issue in developed and developing countries alike- the Index of Public Integrity takes it a step further by telling us the causes of corruption and how the situation can be improved.
The IPI is broken up into six categories:
Judicial independence: capturing the extent of impartial and non-corrupt judiciary systems
Administrative burden: measuring the extent of domestic bureaucratic regulation
Trade openness: measuring the extent of regulation concerning a country's external economic activity
Budget transparency: capturing the extent of public accessibility to the executive's budget proposals, providing a control mechanism for discretionary public spending
E-citizenship: measuring the ability of citizens to use online tools and social media and thus exercise social accountability
Freedom of the press: measures the degree of media independence resulting from a specific national legal, political, and economic environment in which free media thrives