Indices Map Measures Change in the World

Access the updated 2016 version of the Catalogue of Indices here.

Global indices have proliferated in recent years, offering citizens, academics, and policymakers ways to measure change in the world. Conflict, corruption, gender discrimination, human rights, happiness, peace, and other phenomena were once thought too difficult to assess by statistical means. However, over the past few decades universities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions have developed data-driven assessments for these abstract ideas. These indices give us approximations of where goals have been achieved and where more work needs to be done.

In this updated edition of the International Peace Institute’s Catalogue of Indices, more than 70 indices and indicators have been categorized into eight themes listed in the menu below. Each index is accompanied by an interactive map, summary, score range, sortable data table, as well as links to primary data, methodologies, and reports.


Select an index from the menu, hover over the countries with your mouse for scores, and navigate through the index years by clicking the previous, next, and play buttons or by pressing the left and right arrows on your keyboard.

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Index Scores

Click the years below to resort the table.


Download the data for this index in CSV format here.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to accurately reflect the original data, always rely on the primary material first.
Parts of the code used for this D3.js map are derivations of “Life Expectancy Chloropleth Map” by Karel Minařík. Note that scores for French Guyana are not reflected in the map, though they are represented in the table, if available.


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This edition of IPI’s Catalogue of Indices was developed by Thong Nguyen, Data Lab Program Administrator at the International Peace Institute and Carnegie Council Non-Resident Fellow of the Future Worlds Project. If you would like to suggest other indices, please contact him at