Nations in Transit is the only comprehensive, comparative, and multidimensional study of reform in the former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia.
The country reports in Nations in Transit follow an essay format that allow report authors to provide a broad analysis of the progress of democratic change in their country of expertise. Freedom House provided them with guidelines for ratings and a checklist of questions covering seven categories: electoral process; civil society; independent media; national democratic governance; local democratic governance; judicial framework and independence; and corruption.
Numeric ratings accompanying the reports are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 representing the highest and 7 the lowest level of democratic progress. The ratings for all categories reflect the consensus of Freedom House, the Nations in Transit advisers, and the report authors. Nations in Transit is an independent assessment with a methodology rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It measures trans-Atlantic-agreed standards of democratic governance.
The Nations in Transit objective is to track the reform record of 29 countries and administrative areas and provides Freedom House’s most in-depth data about this vast and important region.
Financed by Freedom House
Implementation period: 2009 – present
You may access further details on the NIT reports from previous years at the links below: