Open Budget Survey, 2006-2012 (ICPSR 34932)

Published: Mar 31, 2014

Principal Investigator(s):
International Budget Partnership

Version V2

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.

International Budget Partnership. Open Budget Survey, 2006-2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-03-31.

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2005-05 -- 2005-10

2007-06 -- 2007-09

2009-06 -- 2009-09

2011-08 -- 2011-12

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

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

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

A convenience sample of the budgets of countries was used, based on availability of researchers and funding.

national governments

national governments

administrative records data

aggregate data

record abstracts

100 percent



2014-03-31 Changes to the P.I., Codebook and Data Collection Instrument.

2014-03-26 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.

The data are not weighted.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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