Assessment Process

During the assessment and review process, a group of highly qualified young academic professionals supports us in checking the integrity and consistency of the country reports and evaluations. Fabian Ballweg, Carolin Dylla, David Hellge, Anna Hengge, Ömer Kahraman, Janna Koop, Nicholas Mangels, Michelle Oks, Simon Paulus, Leonie Reicheneder and Malte Schweia have provided excellent support for this process with their care and attention.

Editing and proofreading

The quality and accuracy of the language in our in-depth reports is of considerable importance for the success of the project. The tenth year in succession, translator and senior editor Barbara Serfozo and her team have taken on the daunting challenge of editing all 137 country reports and as well as regional and global reports with tireless and conscientious dedication.

The final quality check of the country reports, supported by Anna Hengge, is as irreplaceable as the meticulous care with which Josh Ward proofreads our global and regional reports. Our colleague from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s publishing house, Christiane Raffel, coordinates the implementation with great professionalism and patience.

Visualization and communication

For several editions the graphic designer Veronika Düpjohann has been working with us with her colleagues from the agency kopfstand. Her creative ideas have shaped the project’s image in all its features.

The journalist and communications consultant Jens Poggenpohl improves the clarity of our reports with his textual editing of regional and global analyses.

With the Transformation Atlas, information architect Dieter Dollacker and cartographer Dirk Waldik have provided clear and intuitive access to our data, which allows for an interactive visualization of scores and qualitative analysis. They are assiduous in their further development and improvement of the tool.

Hannah Kickert's commitment was decisive in summarizing the essence of the country reports into 137 short overview texts for this website. The committed, reliable and diligent support of both our intern, Alexander Heinrich, and our junior professional, Anne Meisiek, were highly appreciated.

Thanks to the continuous commitment of Michael Westrich from the agency Bock & Gärtner, experts and journalists regularly report on political developments in developing and emerging countries on our BTI Blog.