State of Democracy Assessment Framework

State of Democracy
The Assessment Framework at the National Level

The State of Democracy Assessment Framework aims to assess the quality of democracy a the national level and can be used as a whole, in part or targeted at specific priority areas.

Assessing the Quality of Democracy: A Practical Guide

The framework is built on a methodology that may be applied in any democracy, regardless of its level of economic development, and is made up of three main parts: concepts and mediating values, the framework structure and 90 search questions.

The framework is available in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Thai.

Principles and Mediating Values

Democratic principles and mediating values provide the standards by which institutions and processes are assessed, thus serving as a measuring rod with which to examine the quality of democracy.

Pillars and Search Questions

The assessment framework is made up of a total of 90 questions, divided into four thematic areas that can be customized according to the context, which serve as a guideline for the assessment.

How to do an Assessment

The assessment process is divided into five equally important key stages in order to get a comprehensive and exhaustive evaluation of the status of a democracy.



The International IDEA State of Democracy Assessment Framework one-pager provides at-a-glance information about the framework and how to use it efficiently. Download the step-by-step quick guide today.

Disclaimer: Maps presented do not imply on the part of the Institute any judgement on the legal status of any territory or the endorsement of such boundaries, nor does the placement or size of any country or territory reflect the political view of International IDEA. Maps are used in order to add visual clarity to data.