The List of Surveyed Countries

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovak Republic
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay

* Results available for the countries in which the survey has already finished.

The Global Opening Government Survey

As governments and citizens work together on the path toward more effective open governments, it is essential to better understand citizens’ views on the current state and the potential impact of openness.

From October through November 15, 2013, an online survey, known as the Global Opening Government Survey, is being conducted on public perceptions on the openness of governments. Using the innovative “nano-survey” methodology, the survey is based on a brief questionnaire and aims to collect nearly 50,000 complete responses from 61 countries. To date, it is the largest perception survey ever conducted on the topic of open government.

For the purpose of the survey, an “open” government has been defined as one that “makes information freely available to increase citizen participation, government accountability and effectiveness.”

This site publicizes visualized results data of the survey, which is being collected and updated in real time. The results are expected to serve as benchmark evidence to inform the ongoing international efforts to explore and examine the connection between openness and effective governance.

The survey is made possible through the collaboration between the World Bank Institute (WBI)’s Open Government Practice and the RIWI Corporation.

The Nano-Survey Methodology

A nano-survey is an Internet-based technology that extends a brief survey to a random sampling of respondents, and which was developed by the RIWI Corporation based on its patented random domain intercept technology (RDIT™). It geo-targets Internet users who mistype or input a non-existent or non-trademarked URL address into their browsers. Targeted users are then asked to answer a set of questions with real-time reflex responses, which are more informative than traditionally collected responses.

In the case of the Global Opening Government Survey, nine short multiple-choice questions have been designed to gather citizens’ perceptions on openness in their respective countries, their desire for enhanced openness and the impact that openness could have on such elements as trust and tax compliance. During the survey, users are asked to advance in the survey question by question, so that both complete and partial responses can be captured. The GIS data of user locations are also collected in real time, allowing for mapping visualization of the results data. The data is also recorded in its raw format, as well as in an analyzed format, weighing it based on demographic statistics to calculate for the bias from conducting an online-based survey.

Such technology enables a cost-effective and globally scalable methodology for public surveys with randomized sampling and real-time responses. It also enables surveyors to engage with populations who would have otherwise not been engaged. Click here to learn more about RDIT™ and the nano-survey methodology.

The Nano-Survey Questionnaire

Definition of Open Government: An "open" government makes information freely available to increase citizen participation, government accountability and effectiveness.

Question 1: Age and Gender

Question 2: How open is your government?
(Multiple choice: Closed / Somewhat Closed / Somewhat Open / Open)

Question 3: Would you like your government to be more open?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Question 4: Would you be more likely to pay your taxes if your government were more open?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Question 5: Would you trust your government more if it were more open?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Question 6: Would you trust businesses more if businesses were more open?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Question 7: Would you like to have more information about your government?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Question 8: Should citizens have a say in government spending and contracting?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Question 9: Do you think if your government were more open, it would be more effective?
(Yes / No / Does not know - Does not matter)

Results

United Kingdom

Age

Gender

How open is your government?

Would you like your government to be more open?

Would you be more likely to pay your taxes if your government were more open?

Would you trust your government more if it were more open?

Would you trust businesses more if businesses were more open?

Would you like to have more information about your government?

Should citizens have a say in government spending and contracting?

Do you think if your government were open, it would be more effective?

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