Infrastructure Transparency Index (ITI) Manual

Infrastructure Transparency Index (ITI) Manual


Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST)

Type(s) of Tool

Rating SystemsProvide quantifiable sustainability ratings and / or certification for projects or assets.


Tools applicable to all sectors

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Enabling EnvironmentConditions that enable the integration of sustainability practices (regulation, laws, frameworks etc.)., Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., ProcurementThe provision of goods and services to realize a project are tendered and closed., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline.

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English, French, Spanish

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The Infrastructure Transparency Index (ITI) can be used to measures the level of transparency of the infrastructure sector and the quality of related participation and accountability processes at national or sub-national level. Thereby, the tool aims to assess the state of infrastructure transparency and the capacity to improve transparency among procuring agencies, to track process and facilitate peer learning and to raise awareness of transparency. The ITI sets out the methodology for score calculation to evaluate procuring entities. Individual scores are then used to generate an index that allows for performance comparison.

Tool Outcome

The ITI offers a methodology to score the transparency of procuring agencies in the infrastructure sector. The index that is calculated over the individual assessments carried out, further allows for the comparison of transparency performance.

Sustainability Criteria

The ITI scores transparency across four dimensions that each unite a bunch of individual criteria:
1. Enabling environment
– Legal framework & digital tools
– Access to public information regulatory framework
– Transparency standards in the public infrastructure sector
– National digital information tools
2. Capacities & processes
– Institutional capacities
– Basic knowledge
– Digital capacities
– Institutional processes
– Procedures to disclose information
– Enablers & barriers to disclose information
– Control over infrastructure projects disclosure
3. Citizen participation
– Participation practices
– Participation opportunities
– Use of information by citizens
4. Information disclosure
– Disclosure practices
– Project identification
– Project preparation
– Execution or construction contract procurement
– Supervision or project management contract procurement
– Execution or construction contract implementation
– Supervision or project management contract implementation