"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin

Bangladesh, Zambia and Hungary. Data publication practice of the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority

February 19th, 2018

In this research note we briefly analyse the data publication standard used by the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority regarding its official website. We compare the Hungarian protocol with the case of Zambia and Bangladesh concerning the accessibility of contract award notices. This type of document contains the most important information on public tenders. These pieces of information (the number of bidders, the contract value, the estimated value, the issuer name, the winner name) are the most significant ones to evaluate and analyse the public tenders from the viewpoints of corruption and collusion. The results point out that the data publication of HPPA changed in 2017 and became misleading: from January 2017 the official site of HPPA has published wrong data concerning notice types (7,955 cases out of 33,603 cases). The comparative analysis points out that the quality of the official sites of Zambia or Bangladesh public procurement authority is higher than the Hungarian one concerning the accessibility of contract awards.

Research note in English (pdf)

Dataset of misleading notices from the HPPA in xlsx format (zip)

Dataset of misleading notices form the HPPA in dta format (dta)