Judicial Effectiveness Index of Bosnia and Herzegovina (JEI-BiH) Presented at the American Evaluation Association Conference 2016 - October 24-29, 2016, Atlanta (GA) USA

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action. The year of 2016 marks the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 30th Annual Conference and it took place on October 24-29 in Atlanta (GA) USA. More than 3,500 professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation came together in Atlanta to explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs and improve the lives of people.

USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, (USAID/BiH), USAID MEASURE-BiH Activity and the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC) jointly presented the Judicial Effectiveness Index of Bosnia and Herzegovina (JEI-BiH) at the Conference. JEI-BiH was presented within thematic session: "Innovation and creativity in international evaluations: New tools explored - New Tools for Evaluating Judicial Performance”, on October 27, 2016. The presentation was well received by the audience and was followed with extensive discussions among the audience on the development, utilization, and dissemination of JEI-BiH.


About JEI-BiH:

Judicial Effectiveness Index Bosnia and Herzegovina (JEI-BiH) is a groundbreaking tool for monitoring and evaluating judicial performance. Both local government and international community have continuously supported justice sector reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for many years. However, there is little evidence on the effectiveness of those interventions. Unlike any other rule of law or justice index, JEI-BiH combines three data sources to create an objective snapshot of the BiH judiciary. Administrative data on the caseload of BiH courts and prosecutors’ offices are paired with data on public perception and professional opinion collected through surveys of citizens’ perceptions and of judges and prosecutors in BiH. The JEI-BiH was developed by USAID/MEASURE-BiH in close partnership with the BiH High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council. As such, it is not only a tool for donors but also for BiH authorities for informed decision-making and monitoring of progress towards establishing a more accountable, effective, and independent judiciary.