The Index for Monitoring Reforms (iMoRe) is an analytical instrument aimed to quantitatively evaluate economic reforms in Ukraine. It is based on expert assessments of changes in the regulatory environment which can be considered as reforms or anti-reforms.

The main objective of the  Index is to  inform  the general public about the speed and depth of the country’s reform process. The lack of public awareness is due to the fact that each state institution works on its own narrow specialisation, while media only pays attention to the most popular topics. Moreover, it is hard for non-experts to estimate whether certain normative changes were important and essential.

History of creation

The Index for Monitoring Reforms was created in early 2015 by the analytical platform VoxUkraine. The original idea was proposed by Alexander J. Motyl, an American historian of Ukrainian descent, professor of political science at Rutgers University. VoxUkraine Editorial Board members Olena Bilan, Veronika Movchan and Ilona Sologub, with significant input from Vitaliy Vavryshchuk, created the index and developed its methodology. In August 2016, Tetyana Tyshchuk was appointed to lead the iMoRe project.

Index Structure

iMoRe has five components. I1. Governance, I2. Public Finance, I3. Monetary System, I4. Business Environment, I5. Energy Sector. Each component includes several reform focus areas (directions) as follows*:

I1. Governance:

  • Fight against corruption
  • Decentralization
  • Civil service
  • Administrative services
  • State ownership
  • Other in governance

I2. Public Finance:

  • Tax system
  • Social safety net  and labor market
  • Public procurement
  • Efficiency of public spending
  • Public debt management
  • Other in public finance

I3. Monetary System:

  • Foreign exchange regulation
  • Capital markets
  • Banking sector
  • Central bank independence
  • Other in monetary system

I4. Business Environment:

  • Business regulation
  • Competition policy
  • International trade
  • Corporate governance
  • Property rights
  • Other in business environment

I5. Energy Sector

  • Energy independence

*Note: the Index structure can be revised pursuant to an annual audit. See here in Ukrainian.