This Overview presents International IDEA’s State of Democracy (SoD) Assessment Framework.
It is a comprehensive framework and it uses an approach where assessments are led and owned by local actors. It moves away from the practice of ranking democratic performance and making external judgements. It combines a commitment to the principles of democracy, mediating values, and search questions that look beyond the formal existence of democratic institutions, and focuses, more importantly, on their performance.
The Overview links assessment to reform and in doing so, highlights achievements and challenges as well as lessons learnt from previous assessment experiences.
Setting the scene
Experiences of applying the framework
The steps involved in carrying out an assessment
Democracy assessment outputs
Assessing for reform
Appendix. The search questions
Annex. About International IDEA