Sustainable governance indicators

About the project

The SGI is a platform built on a cross-national survey of governance that identifies reform needs in 41 EU and OECD countries.
The SGI brings together a broad network of experts and practitioners aiming to understand what works best in sustainable governance. Advocating the exchange of best practices, we offer full access to our data set and enable the comparisons that generate innovation in governance. 
If the goal of public policy is to promote sustainable development as well as citizens’ social and economic inclusion, then governments must cultivate the social, economic and environmental conditions that generate well-being and empowerment. The SGI examines how well policies have performed in achieving these objectives by examining outcomes across 16 policy fields.
Underpinning the examination of each policy field are qualitative assessments and quantitative data. Outcomes are examined to establish the extent to which governments actively foster opportunities at home and contribute to the provision of global public goods. The areas examined are:

  • Policy performance
  • Democracy
  • Governance

Read more about the project at the SGI homepages


Grétar Þór Eyþórsson, Professor, School of business and Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland
Þorvaldur Gylfason, Professor, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Detlef Jahn, professor, University of Greifswald, Germany


Bertelsmann Stiftung