The scoreboard provides five categories of tool: maps, indicators, scorecards, overview tables and country fiches. Maps, indicators and overview tables aim to provide EU-wide overviews, whereas scorecards and fiches are targeted at focusing on the country level.

Basically, the methodology of the scoreboard is derived from that of the Bologna process.

The methodology document explains the general principles which guide the design of the tools; the meaning and intention of these tools; how the general principles were applied, and how to interpret the tools’ outputs.