Publications available from MSI Integrity are available below, organized according to project or program. For a list of events and public discussions related to MSIs that MSI Integrity has participated in, click here. Please expand the box to find a link to download publications.


Advisory Guidance by MSI Integrity

MSI Integrity regularly offers advisory guidance to external entities, including MSIs, upon request or in response to a public consultation process. A list of our public submissions and guidance offered to external entities is available here:

Protecting the Cornerstone: Assessing the Governance of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Groups

On February 12, 2015, MSI Integrity released a landmark report on the governance of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), assessing whether national multi-stakeholder groups–the driving force in the EITI–are operated and governed effectively. The report contains findings and recommendations based on our research, as well as a protocol for developing strong multi-stakeholder governance rules and procedures, and a guidance note for effective civil society participation in the EITI.


More information about the report can be found here.


The report, summary report, and practical guidance notes can be downloaded directly here:


Individual country assessments and data sets can be downloaded here. Events to discuss the report have been planned around the world, click here to see if there is an event happening near you.

2013 Global Consultation and Review Process

MSI Integrity held our inaugural global consultation and review process between May 1 and August 31, 2013. During September and October, an Advisory Group reviewed the comments and feedback, and presented the Board of MSI Integrity with a report containing recommendations and considerations based on the consultation feedback on October 16, 2013. Our Board carefully reviewed the recommendations from November 2013 to February 2014, and on March 17, 2014 announced that we will be adopting and implementing the core recommendations from the consultation process.


Each of these reports is available here:

A summary of each specific comment related to the MSI Evaluation Tool indicator criteria received during the consultation process and the resulting modifications will accompany the release of the revised MSI Evaluation Tool.

MSI Evaluation Tool (draft version)

MSI Integrity, in conjunction with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, developed the MSI Evaluation Tool to assess the institutional design of MSIs from a human rights perspective. The MSI Evaluation Tool has been rigorously developed and reviewed over a three-year period involving extensive academic review, consultation with practitioners, practical application during pilot MSI evaluations, and finally, public scrutiny during our 2013 global consultation.


A revised MSI Evaluation Tool, which will be released in the short term,  incorporates feedback related to indicator criteria and clarifies assessment procedures. Additionally, MSI Integrity will publish a glossary explaining the terminology used in the MSI Evaluation Tool, and a new, simplified version of the Evaluation Tool that exclusively contains the essential elements indicator questions. This simplified evaluation tool will be called the MSI Essential Elements Evaluation Tool, and will allow an evaluation to focus exclusively on essential elements of MSI design from a human rights perspective. The Essential Elements Tool is suggested to be used as an initial or preliminary review tool, complementary to the full MSI Evaluation Tool, which also assess good and innovative practices.


The draft version of the MSI Evaluation Tool is available here:

Pilot MSI Evaluation Working Draft Evaluation Reports

MSI Integrity conducted a set of pilot evaluations during the development of the MSI Evaluation Tool and assessment methodology, in conjunction with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. It is expected that the full pilot report will be released in 2015.


Prior to our 2013 Global Consultation and Review Process, we asked the five evaluated MSIs (4C Association, EITI, FLA, GNI, KPCS) for their permission to release the evaluation reports as working drafts to inform the consultation process. Both 4C and EITI responded positively to this request. The Kimberley Process did not provide a response, the Global Network Initiative and the Fair Labor Association declined publication of their reports as working drafts.

These draft reports have served as an example of the long-form evaluation reports that result from an MSI Evaluation and provide contextual details, analysis, and recommendations for MSIs regarding their MSI Evaluation Tool assessment results.



Last updated: February 12, 2015

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