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02.12.2015 - Brown Bag Lunch on 'measuring democracy: the Bertelsmann Transformation Index'

DEval cordially invites you to a brown bag lunch with a talk by Dr Hauke Hartmann on the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Transformation Index (BTI).

When: 2 December 2015, 12.30 - 2 pm

Where: German Institute for Development Evaluation – DEval, Fritz-Schäffer-Straße 26, 53113 Bonn

To register, please send an e-mail to Please feel free to bring a packed lunch. We look forward to seeing you there.

Further information on the talk:

Since 2003, the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Transformation Index (BTI) has been used to analyse and assess the quality of democracy, the market economy and political management in a current total of 129 developing countries and emerging economies. It measures successes and setbacks on the road to democracy under the rule of law and a socially responsible market economy. The BTI is the only internationally comparative index to measure the quality of governance in most developing countries using data it has collected itself and provide a comprehensive analysis of political management in transformation processes. Project manager Dr Hauke Hartmann was involved in developing and establishing the BTI and has been coordinating the work of almost 300 scientists in some 100 countries for 12 years now. As part of our brown bag lunch series, he will be talking about the motivation for setting up an index with a normative focus, the benefit that the BTI offers for evidence-based policy consultancy, and about communicating and using study results. He will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at the index: what challenges arise in connection with expert-based data collection, how has the index been modified as a result of interim evaluations, how can data be guaranteed to be robust, reliable and comparable, and what steps are being taken to optimise the instrument on an ongoing basis? To conclude, he will provide a brief overview of the visual presentation and communication of extensive data sets.

Dr Hauke Hartmann is a Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He is the director of the project on Shaping Change – Strategies of Development and Transformation and, since 2003, has been responsible for the BTI, which examines the quality of democracy, economic development and governance in 129 developing countries and emerging economies. He specialises in democratisation and human rights policy, with a regional focus on Latin America and the Arab world. He was a Fox International Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and a Fulbright Scholar at the State University of New York. He wrote a doctoral thesis at Freie Universität Berlin on the contemporary history of human rights policy in the USA under President Carter and has completed Master's degrees in North American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) and Latin American and Caribbean Studies (SUNY Albany).

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