Armenia is placed 113th in the Corruption Perceptions index 2016 released by the Transparency International today.
Other countries in the region are placed as follows: Georgia 44th, Turkey – 75th, Azerbaijan 123rd, Iran – 131st.
Armenia’s partners in the Eurasian Economic Union Russia and Kazakhstan share the 131st place with Iran, Belarus is 79th, Kyrgyzstan is 136th.
According to the report, more countries declined than improved in this year’s results, showing the urgent need for committed action to thwart corruption.
The Corruption Perceptions Index aggregates data from a number of different sources that provide perceptions of business people and country experts of the level of corruption in the public sector.
The methodology follows 4 basic steps: selection of source data, rescaling source data, aggregating the rescaled data and then reporting a measure for uncertainty.
Each source is then standardized to be compatible with other available sources, for aggregation to the CPI scale. The standardization converts all the data sources to a scale of 0-100 where a 0 = highest level of perceived corruption, and 100 = lowest level of perceived corruption.
Each country’s CPI score is calculated as a simple average of all the available rescaled scores for that country (note, we do not use any of the imputed values as a score for the aggregated CPI). A country will only be given a score if there are at least three data sources available from which to calculate this average.
The CPI score is reported alongside a standard error and 90% confidence interval which reflects the variance in the value of the source data that comprises the CPI score. The standard error term is calculated as the standard deviation of the rescaled source data, divided by the square root of the number of sources. Using this standard error, we can calculate the 90% confidence interval, assuming a normal distribution.