Catalogue of Indices 2016: Data for a Changing World

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 2016 edition of the International Peace Institute’s Catalogue of Indices, we have expanded our coverage to over 200 indices and indicators, categorized into nine themes listed in the menu below. A new theme on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals has been included, as well as new indices on internal security and police, diplomacy, environmental governance, slavery, religiosity, partnerships, youth, refugees, migration, and internet freedom. Further, 25 indicators on the current status of women in the world on themes including education, violence, and participation in decision-making have been included.

Each index is accompanied by an interactive map, summary, score range, sortable data table, historical heatmap, and bar chart of the latest year’s data; 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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Access the primary data, methodology, and latest report:


Index Scores

Click the years below to resort the table.


Historical Heatmap

The chart below shows the progress and decline of each country’s data throughout the history of this index.



Country Rankings

The chart below shows the data from the latest year on record for this index.


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