Distance to the Frontier (DTF) Scoring Basics for EBA Technical Note
The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Index provides quantitative scoring of the strength of a country’s enabling environment for agriculture. EBA measures both the quality of the regulatory framework and the efficiency with which it is implemented. The EBA methodology generates cross-country comparable data that can be used to track progress in enabling environment reforms over time. EBA employs two types of indicators: (1) legal indicators compare the types of regulations in force in a country against a list of global good practices; (2) efficiency indicators examine the time, cost, and number of procedures or documents required for full compliance with the regulations. Both legal indicators and efficiency indicators are scored according to their performance against a global ideal or “distance to the frontier” (DTF) on a scale of 0-100, with a larger DTF score indicating better performance in that area. The topic score is a simple average of the DTF score for each of the topic’s 1-5 indicators. This technical note provides explanations to several common questions about the EBA “Distance to the Frontier” scoring system to help make it easier to understand what the data is measuring and what it means.