CEED Meta Index
This listing organizes these countries from top to bottom, based on the indices found on our website. Not only does this listing provide rankings for each Eastern European country, but it will also help gauge which countries in Eastern Europe have done well independently, providing good rule of law, human rights, and more. The countries near the bottom of the list, however, may need to work on some of these areas, and having a simple table to view and see which countries struggle where will help us, amongst others, progress into the future.
With a simple understanding of the basics behind why the graph has been created, we will now dive deeper into the mathematics and background information as to how this information was sorted in order to conclude which countries place where in the top 20 list. When looking through the CEED indices you will find that each index may use a different method for determining the countries “score”, based on the specific category. However, the one digit that stays equal throughout every index is the final placement (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd… 19th, 20th) which is why this is the number used in our calculations.
When calculating, we look through the 12 index categories and 26 total indices, putting the final placement that the country received in each index into our calculation. However, when looking through some of the indices, you may notice that some countries are not included in specific indices, for example, while Albania may be in every single one, Montenegro is missing from a total of 7. For this to not be an issue, CEED has decided to use a placement number, which would be put inputted into the calculation rather than having no number at all, thus allowing every country to be equal in terms of how many separate digits they have placed into the calculation. In order to receive this placement number, CEED calculated the countries average score with the missing numbers and that average score is the placement number that would be used.
Lastly, each country has a separate independent calculation, with the countries scores being inputted and the final country average being calculated. With the final calculations, the countries are then organized from lowest score to highest score, thus equaling the CEED Top 20 Eastern European Countries. CEED has worked continuously to perfect the calculations and make sure that all indices included/involved are ones that have been updated to the most recent statistics and are also beneficial to understand the countries ups and downs in the past few years.