The Rwanda Governance Scorecard (RGS) is an annual publication of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) that seeks to gauge the state of governance in Rwanda. The RGS 2016 by and large captures primary and secondary data for selected indicators for the year 2015. The RGS is an independent Rwandan publication meant for comprehensive governance assessment based on primary and secondary data drawn from over 200 questions. It considers 8 observed dimensions of governance that constitute 8 composite governance indicators with 37 sub-indicators and 150 variables. It is of utmost importance for RGB to learn from the past and continue to improve the accuracy and relevance of its products.

For this reason, the RGS 2016 has retained the 8 aggregated indicators of governance. However, at the level of sub-indicators and variables, slight adjustments in the indicators’ configuration, sources of data and data collection methodology have been modified in some instances. While we keep overall trend of indicators, we introduced new sub-indicators, and updated others in order to keep the RGS relevant to policy reforms, and most importantly to capture key aspects of Governance in Rwanda. Similarly, in promoting good governance and policy making, it remains our belief that this publication with all valuable findings, recommendations and conclusions will contribute towards informed policy debates on concrete actions and next steps.

We have continued advocating for the utilization of the data throughout the governance structure; generate analysis and lively discussions in high level policy forums in line with the previous publications of the RGS to give us confidence and conviction that this tool has become an important and practical gauge of governance in Rwanda. A unique and significant aspect of the RGS vis-à-vis international assessments is that it utilizes a plethora of updated, locally-generated data sources, such as citizen perception, satisfaction surveys and detailed institutional data, which are rarely considered by international indexes. The methodology of the RGS, described in detail below, aims at combining a firm foundation in international standards with an in-depth understanding of the Rwanda Governance Scorecard.

Thus, primary data sources of the RGS 2016 comprise the assessment by Rwandans themselves, namely, citizens and experts, as well as, verified data from Rwandan institutions. The RGS 2016 is comprised of data collected between 2015 – 2016. The RGB is committed to producing reliable and credible data for governance assessments in order to promote good governance and evidence-based policymaking. Hence, the Rwanda Governance Board looks forward to working with all stakeholders to translate findings and recommendations of this publication of the RGS into Policy formulation and implementation in order to achieve desired transformation.