Millennium Challenge Corporation; United States of America

Selection Review Kicks Off

With MCC’s FY11 country scorecards posted online earlier this week, I wanted to take this opportunity both to highlight MCC’s approach to country selection and to make a sincere call for feedback.

MCC is widely recognized for its focus on countries that exhibit good policy performance relative to their peers. As part of its process to select partner countries, MCC uses globally-recognized, public, quantitative indicators that help assess governments’ policy performance on Ruling Justly, Investing in People, and Economic Freedom.  MCC then compiles that indicator data on a scorecard for each candidate country.  This public, data-driven approach to selecting partner countries has worked well for MCC for the past six years.

As a learning organization, we feel it is appropriate to look rigorously at the selection system from time to time. Over the past six years, new hypotheses and research have emerged on the relationship between a range of development policies on the one hand and economic growth and poverty reduction on the other. There also have been important improvements to data, some of which already have been incorporated into our policy indicators. We want to ensure that MCC can make dynamic adjustments to its indicators, and, as follows, its scorecards, where appropriate to account for new research and improved data.

We are currently initiating a three part review to:

  • examine what the current indicators are capturing;
  • ask what else would be important to measure, based on links to poverty reduction and economic growth; and
  • identify which indicators most effectively reflect relevant government policies and performance.

This review is an important opportunity to evaluate our indicators and scorecards, even if it may not result in significant changes.

We are asking you to share your suggestions and to encourage your professional colleagues to offer their assessments. We are particularly interested in comments that go beyond flagging a concern to recommending a solution. The link to our page for accepting public comment is:

MCC will publish online comments received between now and January 10. This is an opportunity to make a recommendation early and have it published in advance of a good bit of public conversation and consultation in the months that follow. Thanks in advance for your time and critical thinking!