Indicators: choose the right angle

Once we have agreed on a clever, limited set of indicators, all seems good. However, we are not yet there. For most indicators, we can choose a specific ‘angle’.

What do I mean?

For example, we are considering the “Number of female members of Parliament” as an indicator. Which may be fine. However, we may prefer the “Proportion of parliamentarians that are women” instead (and often is preferable). On the other hand, we may want to compare it with the % of voters that are women. Or we want to capture the change over time – or even the funds invested in political leadership by women.

Soooo many options. But we need to get the angle right.