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Knowledge Assessment Methodology

Updated October 2008

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KEI 2008 Rankings
KAM 2008 Booklet:  Measuring Knowledge in the World Economies
Welcome to the 2008 KAM! The KAM is an interactive benchmarking tool created by the Knowledge for Development Program to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in making the transition to the knowledge-based economy.


The KAM consists of 83 structural and qualitative variables for 140 countries to measure their performance on the 4 Knowledge Economy (KE) pillars: Economic Incentive and Institutional Regime, Education, Innovation, and Information and Communications Technologies. Variables are normalized on a scale of 0 to 10 relative to other countries in the comparison group. The KAM also derives a country’s overall Knowledge Economy Index (KEI) and Knowledge Index (KI). See the User Guide for more information.


The KAM is available in six different display modes:


KAM bulletBasic Scorecard uses 14 key variables as proxies to benchmark countries on the aforementioned four KE pillars and derive their overall KEI and KI indexes. The scorecard allows comparisons for up to three countries for 1995 and the most recent available year.


KAM bulletCustom Scorecards allows any combination of the 83 variables and to compare up to three countries or regions for the most recent available year.


KAM bulletKEI and KI Indexes  presents performance scores of all countries on the KEI and KI indexes, as well as on the 4 KE pillars, in a sortable table format.


KAM bulletOver Time Comparison  demonstrates countries’ progress on Knowledge Economy pillars and indexes from 1995 to the most recent year.


KAM bulletCross-Country Comparison allows bar-chart comparison of up to 20 countries on their KEI and KI indexes while demonstrating the relative contribution of different KE pillars to the countries' overall knowledge readiness. 


KAM bulletWorld Map provides a color-coded map for the global view of the world’s KE readiness for 1995 and the most recent year.




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