Assessing progress towards public health, human rights, and international development goals using frontier analysis

Indicators to measure progress towards public health, human rights, and international development targets focus on status or trends in status. However, these indicators do not account for different levels of development, making it difficult to compare countries. We describe the use of frontier analysis to benchmark trends in status, and use this to calculate country performance indices in three areas: maternal mortality ratio, poverty headcount ratio, and primary school completion rate. This method offers both a new approach to analyze existing data and a new data source for consideration when assessing progress; it can be applied to multiple fields and settings.

Assessing progress towards public health, human rights, and international development goals using frontier analysis. Jeanne Luh, Ryan Cronk, and Jamie Bartram. 2016. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147663. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147663.