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Annex 3: Summary of IEO Survey Response Rates

Editor(s):
Ruben Lamdany
Published Date:
April 2013
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The IEO sought the views of three separate sets of stakeholders with regard to the role of the Fund as a trusted advisor. The surveys were addressed to country authorities (the Governors of Central Banks and Ministers of Finance) of the entire membership, IMF mission chiefs and resident representatives. Three separate surveys were prepared by the IEO team and administered by NORC at the University of Chicago.1

Survey of Country Authorities

The country authorities’ survey was sent in September 2011 to representatives in 186 member countries, four selected territorial entities that are not states as understood by international law but that maintain regular interactions with the IMF, and three regional central banks that regularly interact with the Fund.2

NORC received answers from 187 institutions—a response rate of 52 percent. The response rate was higher for monetary authorities (66 percent) than for ministries of finance (40 percent). However, the number of countries/economies submitting at least one answer was much higher. Thus, the IEO received at least one completed questionnaire from 137 economies out of a total of 190—a response rate of 72 percent. Table A3.1 provides a breakdown of the responses based on country classification.

Table A3.1.Number of Economies Submitting at Least One Answer to the Authorities’ Survey
GroupCountries SurveyedNumber of Countries with at Least One ResponseResponse Rate
Large advanced77100%
Other advanced272489%
Large emerging191684%
Other emerging664873%
Low income714259%
Total19013772%

The participation rate also varied across area departments, with the highest rate of country response registered for the European Department (EUR) (87 percent) and the lowest in the African Department (AFR) (61 percent) (Table A3.2).

Table A3.2.Number of Economies Submitting at Least One Answer to the Authorities’ Survey, by Area Department
GroupCountries SurveyedNumber of Countries with at Least One ResponseResponse Rate
AFR442761%
APD352469%
EUR464087%
MCD312271%
WHD342471%
Total19013772%

Surveys of IMF Staff

The IEO team also surveyed two categories of staff: mission chiefs and resident representatives, with NORC sending out the surveys in November 2011. NORC received responses from 257 mission chiefs and from 95 resident representatives, translating into response rates of, respectively, 52 percent and 58 percent. Among mission chiefs, 144 respondents had a majority of their assignments on surveillance or UFR countries (respectively, 80 and 64 respondents), and 113 were mission chiefs for TA or FSAP missions.

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